Fashion industry is shamed for exploiting forced Uyghur labor

Dramatic projections beamed onto buildings during New York Fashion Week shame clothing industry for using Uyghur forced labor

  • Human Rights Foundation aims to raise awareness of plight of Uyghurs in China 

A top nonprofit has beamed striking images onto buildings during New York Fashion week to shame the clothing industry for using Uyghur labor.

The Human Rights Foundation beamed the stark black, white and pink images onto the size of the New Museum in Manhattan, Brooklyn Bridge and a Hyatt hotel in Midtown for their Discounted Lives Campaign.

One showed a classic white t-shirt emblazoned with the phrase ‘1 in 5 cotton garments are linked to Uyghur forced labor.’

Another showed the headshots of eight Uyghur men and women who suffered horrific abuse including forced sterilization, arbitrary detention, rape and religious persecution. 

China currently has one million people in its Uyghur detention camps. Uyghurs are a Turkic ethic group who are native to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in Northwest China. 

They speak their own language – similar to Turkish – and consider themselves to be culturally-closer to Central Asian nations than China. 

An image projected onto the side of the New Museum in NYC highlights the use of forced Uyghur labor to produce a fifth of the world's cotton cltohing

Another image on the same building highlights the horrifying number of Uyghurs - one million - kept in  concentration camps

An image projected onto the Brooklyn Bridge details the fate of some of those detained by China - including rape, forced sterilization and forced labor

The Human Rights Foundation's Discounted Lives campaign aims to raise awareness of Uyghur persecution

China has been accused of carrying out a genocide against the Uyghurs by forcing them to work in camps.

Communist officials are said to believe the Uyghurs pose a terrorism threat – but critics say its dictators are more concerned with maintaining ideological conformity and control of its people.  

A spokesperson for the foundation said: ‘The Human Rights Foundation is a nonpartisan, non-profit focused on closed societies worldwide.

‘Wear Your Values is one of our programs that aims to raise awareness of the fashion industry’s complicity in human rights abuses worldwide.’


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