End Uyghur Forced Labour in China – call to action

Posted on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022

The Chinese government subjects Uyghurs to systematic forced labour. Many leading international brands are complicit.

End Uyghur Forced Labour coalition

René Cassin has joined a coalition of more than 400 civil society organisations and trade unions united to end state-sponsored forced labour and other egregious human rights abuses against people from the Uyghur Region in China.

Together we are calling on leading brands and retailers to ensure that they are not supporting or benefiting from the pervasive and extensive forced labour of the Uyghur population and other Turkic and Muslim-majority peoples, perpetrated by the Chinese government.

For more information on the coalition’s aims visit: https://enduyghurforcedlabour.org/ and read our call to action

What you can do to help end Uyghur forced labour

As a Jewish organisation, we are asking Volkswagen and Adidas, two companies with historic links to Nazi Germany, to ensure they are on ‘the right side of history’ by ensuring their production and supply chains are not tainted by the stain of forced Uyghur labour.

  • Write to Stephen Wöllenstein, CEO of Volkswagen Group China, asking him to take action to ensure VW is not profiting at the expense of the Uyghurs’ human rights. Read our information sheet on VW in Nazi Germany and present-day Xinjiang. Download our template letter to Mr Wöllenstein .
  • Write to Kasper Rørsted, CEO Adidas Group, asking him to move his company’s supply chains from China until persecution of Uyghurs ends. Read our information sheet on Adidas in Nazi Germany and present-day Xinjiang. Download our template letter to Mr Rørsted.
  • Ask your MP to call on the government to ban the import of products made with Uyghur forced labour
  • 20% of the world’s cotton comes from Xinjiang – when shopping, try to choose products that use cotton grown elsewhere.