Population numbers are dropping significantly with birth rates falling 24% last year by forced use of contraception and sterilization. According to the United National genocide is:
In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
- Killing members of the group;
- Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
- Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
- Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
- Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
The events in East Turkistan tick all the boxes. We are facing a genocide. Stand in solidarity and educate yourself on this matter. Sign petitions. Write to your local MP. Sign petitions. Do not buy brands that use forced Uyghur labour and try not to buy anything from China. I know it is similar to saying try not to breathe but at least be conscious of where your products are coming from and try to make a conscious decision to be more ethical. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute, an Australian think tank, conducted a report detailing a list of companies that use Uyghur forced labour. 83 companies were identified:
|Abercrombie & Fitch||Acer||Adidas|
|Cerruti 1881||Changan Automobile||Cisco|
|Fila||Founder Group||GAC Group (automobiles)|
|Gap||Geely Auto||General Motors|
|Haier||Hart Schaffner Marx||Hisense|
|Huawei||iFlyTek||Jack & Jones|
|Jaguar||Japan Display Inc.||LLBean|
|The North Face||Oculus||Oppo|
|Panasonic||Polo Ralph Lauren||Puma|
|Tommy Hilfiger||Toshiba||Tsinghua Tongfang|
 “China cuts Uighur births with IUDs, abortion … – AP News.” 28 Jun. 2020, https://apnews.com/269b3de1af34e17c1941a514f78d764c. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.
 “Genocide – the United Nations.” https://www.un.org/en/genocideprevention/genocide.shtml. Accessed 25 Jul. 2020.
 “From Apple to Adidas: Brands Use Ethnic Minority Slave ….” 7 Apr. 2020, https://medium.com/modefica-global/from-apple-to-adidas-brands-use-ethnic-minority-slave-labor-in-china-cd3ce41864ac. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.
 “Uyghurs for sale: ‘Re-education’, forced labour and … – AWS.” https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/ad-aspi/2020-07/Uyghurs%20for%20sale%2028%20July%202020.pdf?xxhaH3mgIIRkbww1o26KF3cNTCDGAyVT=. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.
Written by Reyhannisa Haji