The countries whose United States and Britain On Thursday, the International Labor Organization (ILO) called on the International Labor Organization (ILO) to investigate allegations of labor abuses in China’s Xinjiang region. Australia, Canada and the EU also expressed support for the survey.
Calls follow 2022 Expert Panel report on China’s failure to comply with Convention 111, which prohibits discrimination in employment and occupation. The report was presented to the international community at the 110th session of the International Labor Conference.
China has already faced international condemnation over China’s alleged state-run detention centers for Uyghurs and other ethnic Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region. China has been hit with sanctions and trade restrictions after various reports showed evidence of political re-education, forced labor, torture and forced sterilization in detention centers.
U.S. Representative to UN Ambassador Sheba Crocker declared this:
The United States shares the Committee of Experts’ “deep concern” about the policies of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) toward Uyghurs and members of other minority ethnic and religious groups in Xinjiang. Specifically, the Committee’s observations point to discriminatory policies that permit the arbitrary detention of members of these groups ostensibly for “re-education” purposes.
Croker urged China to accept the investigation and provide full and unfettered access to investigators. Croker called on China to provide meaningful, unrestricted and unmonitored access to all relevant organizations, people and places involved in Xinjiang’s detention system.
China continues to deny allegations of forced labor in Xinjiang and declared in response, “China’s laws, regulations and practices are fully consistent with the principles of the Convention, which is to promote equality of opportunity and treatment in employment”.