Demonstrators gathered in Paris on Saturday to demand an EU ban on merchandise linked to using pressured labour of Uighur minorities in China’s Xinjiang province. Chatting with FRANCE 24, Raphaël Glucksman, member of the European Parliament, accused European firms with pursuits in China of making an attempt to block EU efforts to ban pressured labour merchandise.
Activists gathered at Place de la République in Paris on Saturday to demand EU motion on Beijing’s human rights violations in opposition to ethnic Uighurs in China’s northwestern Xinjiang province.
The demonstration got here weeks after European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen introduced plans for an import ban on merchandise made with pressured labour.
In her State of the Union speech on September 15, von der Leyen mentioned the EU can “by no means settle for” that merchandise made by pressured labour “find yourself on the market in retailers right here in Europe”.
However talking to FRANCE 24 from the rally at Place de la République, Raphaël Glucksman, member of the European Parliament, accused European firms with pursuits in China of blocking EU efforts to control the import of pressured labour merchandise.
“After we are within the European parliament for example, we aren’t confronted with lobbies working for the Chinese language authorities. After we need to take measures and move laws that may harm Chinese language pursuits, we’re confronted with the representatives of European firms,” mentioned Glucksman. “The strongest embassies for the Chinese language Group Occasion as we speak are the massive European firms which have pursuits in China as a result of China is crucial for his or her manufacturing and important as a market.”
A UN human rights report mentioned no less than a million ethnic Uighurs in China are held in what resembles a “huge internment camp that’s shrouded in secrecy”.
China, nonetheless, denies the accusations and maintains the camps are for “reeducation” of Islamist militants.
The Uighurs of Xinjiang are largely Muslim, and human rights activists accuse China of committing crimes in opposition to humanity on the ethnic minority group.