Paris- Aid groups for Uighurs and other parties have filed complaints in a Paris court against four fashion giants, including Uniqlo in Japan, on suspicion of forced labor by Uighurs in China.
According to media organizations such as Les Echos, the four are French clothing retailer Uniqlo, Zara fashion chain operator Inditex in Spain, shoe brand Skechers USA Inc., and French apparel giant SMCP.
In a complaint released Friday, aid groups and their partners have accused the four of concealing crimes against humanity, benefiting from the forced labor of Uighurs, a minority in China.
According to complaints, the four will continue to sell cotton-based products made in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
On Thursday, UNIQLO’s parent company, Fast Retailing Chairman Tadashi Yanai declined to comment on the human rights situation in the Arie Uighur region.
“We want to be politically neutral,” Yanai announced at a press conference about Fast Retailing’s earnings. He also did not mention whether his group used cotton produced in the area.
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