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Forced labor still haunts China’s Xinjiang, report says – POLITICO

Xinjiang’s “labor transfer poverty alleviation program” continues to expand,” Zenz continued.

The labor transfer program, according to the report, “is the only forced labor policy that has been directly linked to the production of cotton, tomatoes and tomato products, peppers and seasonal agricultural products.” , seafood, the production of polysilicon for solar panels, lithium for solar panels. electric vehicle batteries and aluminum for batteries, bodies and wheels.

Establishment suspected of being a re-education camp in Xinjiang | Greg Baker/AFP via Getty Images

He described China’s industrial parks as “prime destinations for the most coercive forms of labor transfers and forced placements of inmates for rehabilitation.”

The 2023 work plan for a county in Xinjiang, Karakax, calls for continued acceleration of the expansion of industrial parks and the promotion of “labor-intensive industrial clusters”, including the “vigorous development” of “labour-intensive businesses” such as textile and clothing producers. , or electronics assembly lines and light industrial manufacturing, he writes.

Europe is considering an appropriate response to documented human rights violations in Xinjiang, which is a major supplier of solar panels essential to the EU’s green transition.

Five years after first coming under pressure from the United States to strengthen its countermeasures, Brussels is still searching for a solution – and time is running out.


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