Since 2017, more than a million Uyghurs and members of other Turkic Muslim minorities have disappeared into a vast network of ‘re-education camps’ in the far west region of Xinjiang, China, in what some experts call a systematic, government-led program of cultural genocide.
The ‘re-education' appears to be entering a new phase, as government officials now claim that all ‘trainees’ have ‘graduated’. There is mounting evidence that many Uyghurs are now being forced to work in factories that are in the supply chains of at least 83 well-known global brands in the technology, clothing and automotive sectors, including Apple, BMW, Gap, Huawei, Nike, Samsung, Sony and Volkswagen.
In this La Trobe Asia webinar we will be joined panel of experts who have investigated and reported on the Uyghur forced labour.
Associate Professor James Leibold (Head of Department - Politics, Media and Philosophy at La Trobe University)
Vicky Xiuzhong Xu (Researcher, Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI))
Anna Fifield (Journalist for The Washington Post)
Bec Strating (Executive Director, La Trobe Asia)
Recorded 9th April 2020.