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6 Sep 2021

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AFP

Activists accuse German firms over Uyghur forced labour

Rights activists said Monday they had filed a criminal complaint in Germany against five retailers including C&A, Lidl and Hugo Boss, accusing them of benefiting from forced labour among China's Uyghur population.

The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) said it had filed the case, which also targeted the two supermarket chains Aldi Nord and Aldi Sued, after carrying out an open source investigation...

"The question is whether entertaining business relationships is not a way of aiding and abetting those international crimes," she said.

Saage-Maass added that the five companies had listed "publicly and voluntarily" their supplying factories from Xinjiang -- the Chinese province at the centre of forced-labour allegations -- but that they may just be the tip of the iceberg...