Right now, more than one million Uyghur Muslims are arbitrarily detained and working at forced labor camps across China. This scheme is part of a broader strategy perpetrated by the Chinese government – a system of abuse that has unfolded into what has been recognized as genocide by the United States.
The Uyghur Region, known as Xinjiang, is in the northwestern part of China. It is home to several ethnic groups, most notably the Uyghurs. Uyghurs speak a different language, recognize their own traditions, embrace religion, and are not of the dominant Han ethnicity.
Multiple fashion brands and international companies have been found to be profiting from this. Some do so openly, others cover up their ties to forced labor by claiming that they cannot completely trace their supply chains.
When you buy from these brands, you are unknowingly supporting violence, suffering, torture, erasure of cultural heritage and identity, and attempts to eradicate an entire people.
Wearing clothing made with Uyghur forced labor should make you feel uncomfortable.
It’s up to us to wear our values and show the Chinese government that Uyghur forced labor will no longer be profitable.
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