Uyghur Forced Labor

Uyghur forced labor is a serious issue. The CCP has been using Uyghur forced labor to pick cotton in East Turkistan, and have been sending Uyghurs into China to work in manufacturing facilities. These Uyghurs, under the guise of “re-education” and “vocational skills”, have been forced to work in camps under coercion. The CCP uses coercive tactics, ordering re-education courses for those who refuse along with the implicit threat of detention in concentration camps.

Ending Uyghur Forced Labour:

End Uyghur Forced Labour: The End Uyghur Forced Labour Coalition is a group of over 100 organizations that are fighting to end the pervasiveness of Uyghur forced labor in the clothing industry and others. Check out the Call to Action now. See the list of brands that EUFL is looking at to end their complicity in Uyghur forced labor. Uyghur forced labor is not only in the clothing industry, but in all industries that operate in the Uyghur region. Visit here to learn about that.

#ForcedLabourFashion: #ForcedLabourFashion is calling out brands that are refusing to end their complicity in Uyghur forced labor. #FLF is releasing report cards on brands- did your favorite brand make the grade? Or are they refusing to acknowledge and end their complicity? Find out here. We’ve got more actions you can take to tell your favorite brands to end their complicity here.


Tell Your Representative or Senator to Co-Sponsor the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act

We’ve provided email templates that you can send as is, or edit to your language and preference. We’ve also added links to find who your House Rep or Senator is.

To find your U.S. Representative, enter your zip code here.

To find your U.S. Senator, visit the Senate website.

Conduct a search using the Find Your Senators pull-down menu in the upper right corner (select your state and click Go).

OR

Call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224‐3121. If you cannot get through the first time that you call, please keep trying as the switchboard may be extremely busy!

Follow the prompts. Press “1” to indicate you want to speak with your Senator, then say your state, and press “1” to indicate that the state is correct. Finally, press “1” to connect to your first Senator’s office.

A staff person will answer the phone. A sample message is listed below, but it is even better if you use your own message!

Repeat the process with your second Senator.

Message Example:

I am a constituent of Senator (name) from (hometown) and I am calling to urge Senator (NAME) to co-sponsor and support to S. 65 Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act. The bill would help to end U.S. complicity in the forced labor of Uyghurs. Please tell Senator (NAME) to stand up for human rights by co-sponsoring this legislation with their colleagues, and to vote to pass this bill. Thank you.

E-Mail Template for Your Representative:

(Month) (Day) (Year)

The Honorable (Name)
United States House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20510

RE: Support H.R. 1155 to End Uyghur Forced Labor

Representative (Name):

My name is FIRST NAME LAST NAME and I am a constituent in your district. I am writing to urge you to co-sponsor Bill H.R. 1155, “Ensuring that goods made with forced labour in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China do not enter the United States market, and for other purposes.” The use of forced labor in East Turkistan, known as Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous State by China, is horrendous and a gross violation of human rights. A recent report by Adrian Zenz estimates that 1.6 million Uyghurs are at risk of forced labor. Recently, the State Department designated China’s actions against the Uyghurs as a genocide. To allow companies to continue sourcing supplies and labor from East Turkistan is making American consumers complicit in slave labor in our daily purchases and life.

Please co-sponsor bill H.R.1155, and support its passage in the United States Congress. Thank you.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME
YOUR ADDRESS
YOUR CITY, STATE, ZIP CODE

E-Mail Template for Your Senator:

(Month) (Day) (Year)

The Honorable (Name)
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

RE: Support S.65 to End Uyghur Forced Labor

Senator (Name):

My name is FIRST NAME LAST NAME and I am a constituent in your district. I am writing to urge you to co-sponsor Bill S.65, “Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act”. The use of forced labor in East Turkistan, known as Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous State by China, is horrendous and a gross violation of human rights. A recent report by Adrian Zenz estimates that 1.6 million Uyghurs are at risk of forced labor. Recently, the State Department designated China’s actions against the Uyghurs as a genocide. To allow companies to continue sourcing supplies and labor from East Turkistan is making American consumers complicit in slave labor in our daily purchases and life.

Please co-sponsor bill S.65, and support its passage in the United States Senate. Thank you.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME
YOUR ADDRESS
YOUR CITY, STATE, ZIP CODE


Evidence of Uyghur Forced Labor

The use of forced labor by the Chinese Communist Party is well-documented, and has been a serious cause of concern, particularly as the regime commits genocide against the Uyghurs. Here are some reports and articles that go into depth about Uyghur forced labor.

Reports

Campaign for Uyghurs’ Genocide Report: In July 2020, Campaign for Uyghurs released a report documenting evidence and coming to the conclusion that the Chinese regime is committing genocide against the Uyghurs.

World Uyghur Congress’ Human Rights Report: In May 2021, World Uyghur Congress released a human rights report documenting and covering the events of 2020 in East Turkistan.

IN BROAD DAYLIGHT: Uyghur Forced Labour and Global Solar Supply Chains: In May 2021, a report released by Dr. Laura Murphy investigated the solar supply chain and found that 45% of raw material and 95% of processed materials were made in China, and that forced labor is prevalent through the supply chain, tainting the global supply.

Newlines’ Institute & Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights Genocide Report: In March 2021, the independent think tank Newlines’ Institute published a report documenting the crimes committed by the Chinese regime against Uyghurs. The legal analysis of the evidence and international law concluded that the CCP was committing genocide against the Uyghur people, violating the United Nations Genocide Convention.

Human Rights Watch Crimes Against Humanity Report: In April 2021, Human Rights Watch released a report concluding that the actions of the Chinese regime against Uyghurs and Turkic people constituted Crimes Against Humanity under the ICC Rome Statute. The report compiles findings and provides recommendations to the Chinese regime, international bodies such as the UN, and concerned states.

Australian Strategic Policy Institute “Uyghurs for Sale” Report: ASPI’s report from March 2020 detailed Uyghur forced labor and implicated 83 brands.

News

China uses Uyghur forced labour to make solar panels, says report

Apple suppliers linked to Uyghur forced labor in new report

I Grew Up Witnessing Forced Labor. U.S. Companies Must Step Up.

China’s ‘tainted’ cotton

‘If the others go I’ll go’: Inside China’s scheme to transfer Uighurs into work

US blocks cotton imports from China region over reported forced-labor abuses