The investigation was born from the complaint from the anti-corruption association Sherpa, together with the collective Ethics on the label, the Uighur Institute of Europe and sees four clothing giants under investigation, accused of profiting from the forced labor of Uyghurs in China, a Muslim minority of the Xinjang haunted by Beijing. French justice investigates for “concealment of crimes against humanity” against four clothing giants accused of exploiting the work of Uyghurs in China. Uniqlo France, of the Japanese group Fast Retailing, but also the Inditex (owners of the brands Zara, Bershka, Massimo Dutti), SMCP (including Sandro, Maje, de Fursac) and the sports shoe manufacturer Skechers are among the brands under investigation.
“It’s historic! The French justice has just opened an investigation for ‘concealment of crimes against humanity’ against Zara, Uniqlo, Smcp, because theirs products they are manufactured by Uyghur slaves “, writes in a tweet the French MEP who fights against human rights violations in China, Raphael Glucksmann. “The multinationals – continues Glucksmann – have been above the law for a long time. We will show them that the right it applies to everyone, even the majority rich e powerful. This investigation is a key moment in a larger struggle. A new stage will arrive this autumn, with the duty to vigilance european“. “Today – he concludes Glucksmann – is the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party of China. Let’s make this July 1st a day of solidarity with the Uighur deportees and all the victims of the dictatorship of XI Jinping. Today more than ever: FreeUyghurs! ”.
The situation of the Uighurs is the reason for an increasingly bitter confrontation between West e China. Several countries, including the Usa, evoke a “genocide” while numerous ong accuse Beijing to have interned over one million Uyghurs in centers since 2017 re-education. The China denies, assuring that these are “vocational training centers” to remove them from Islamic radicalization. Several multinationals such as Uniqlo itself, H&M, Nike and Adidas pledged last year to boycott the cotton of the Xinjiang and are in turn the subject of calls for a boycott by Beijing.