State-facilitated forced labour programmes are so deeply ingrained in the Uyghur region that experts recommend working under the ‘presumption of a high risk of forced labour in any workplace located within the region.’
Forced labour in the Uyghur region takes 3 primary forms:
- Internment Camp Labour: Whilst held in arbitrary detention Uyghurs are often required to perform manual labour, either in factories with on-site facilities or in nearby factories.
- State-Sponsored Labour Transfers: Millions of Uyghurs have also been placed in the PRC’s compulsory ‘surplus labour’ or ‘labour transfer’ programmes, forcing them into a modern slavery network with the threat of detention ever present if they refuse to participate or air a grievance. Workers in these programs are not allowed to quit their jobs.
- State Conscription of Labourers: For decades, the Chinese government has conscripted Uyghurs and other marginalised groups to pick cotton and other agricultural products.
Stop Uyghur Genocide is calling on brands and multinational corporations to take accountability for their complicity in modern slavery practices by ridding their supply chains of Uyghur forced labour.
Campaigning for Renewable Energy free from Uyghur forced labour:
Our ‘End Solar Forced Labour’ campaign seeks to change the landscape of clean energy procurement and production through cross-community coordination action. From consumers to councils to corporations, everybody has a role to play in refusing to accept forced labour in our supply chains.
We are working with trade unions, NGOs, companies and public bodies to shine a light on the role of forced labour in solar production. On the road to net zero, we want to ensure that multinationals do not exploit the land, labour and natural resources of the Uyghur people.
Working with the End Uyghur Forced Labour Coalition (EUFL):
EUFL is a coalition of civil society organisations and trade unions united to end state-sponsored forced labour and other egregious human rights abuses taking place in the Uyghur Region.
- Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice Report: In Broad Daylight: Uyghur Forced Labour and Global Solar Supply Chains
- BBC Report: Uyghur Forced Labour in Solar
- Guardian Report: UK solar projects using panels from firms linked to Xinjiang forced labour.