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“I’m not buying it, China”: The cost of fast fashion for religious and ethnic minorities in China’s Uyghur region

A new cotton jumper arrived in my post this week, with three words on the label that sent my mind spinning: ‘Made in China.’ Whereabouts in China? Was it made in the Uyghur region? Was this jumper a product of forced labour? A token of a part I had played – albeit unknowingly – in fuelling an industry which I knew to be entrenched in the plight of China’s religious and ethnic minorities?

Where does China’s cotton come from?

China is one of the world’s largest cotton producers and most of its cotton is produced in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (Uyghur Region), referred to by many Uyghurs as ‘East Turkestan.’ Credible reports claim that the Uyghur Region produces 84% of China’s cotton output, and it is the main supplier and exporter of cotton, apparel, and textile products to Chinese factories, within China and internationally.[1] The Coalition to End Uyghur Forced Labour believes that 20% of the world’s cotton comes from the Uyghur Region.

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Waiting for action: An interview with a victim of forced displacement in Mexico

On 28 July 2019 four Protestant Christians were forcibly displaced from the village of Cuamontax Huazalingo in the state of Hidalgo, Mexico. Community leaders told the victims that the expulsion was the consequence of their failure to sign an agreement that bans Protestants from entering the village.

Over a year after they were forced to leave their homes, CSW spoke with Uriel Badillo, who was among those displaced:

“My name is Uriel Badillo Lara. I am originally from the Cuamontax community, in the Municipality of Huazalingo, Hidalgo State, Mexico, but I am currently living in my sister’s house in Atlaltipa Tecolotitla, in the Municipality of Atlapexco, along with my parents, my wife and our new-born. I make a living doing odd jobs like helping with electrics and maintenance.”

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Esperando acción: Una entrevista con una víctima del desplazamiento forzado en México

En el 28 de julio de 2019 cuatro cristianos protestantes fueron desplazados por la fuerza de la comunidad de Cuamontax Huazalingo en el estado de Hidalgo, México. Los líderes de la comunidad dijeron a las víctimas que la expulsión fue la consecuencia de no querer participar en las fiestas religiosas católicas y su falta de firma de un acuerdo que prohíbe a los protestantes ingresar a la aldea.

Más de un año después de que los cristianos fueron obligados a abandonar sus hogares, CSW habló con Uriel Badillo, uno de los desplazados:

“Mi nombre es Uriel Badillo Lara. Soy originario de la comunidad de Cuamontax, en el Municipio de Huazalingo, Estado de Hidalgo, México, pero actualmente vivo en la casa de mi hermana en Atlaltipa Tecolotitla en el Municipio de Atlapexco. Allí también viven mis padres, mi esposa, y nuestra beba. Me gano la vida haciendo trabajos ocasionales como ayudar con la electricidad y el mantenimiento.”

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Voices from Cuba: Alain Toledano Valiente

Apostle Alain Toledano Valiente is a prominent leader in the Apostolic Movement in Cuba. He also leads Emanuel Church in Santiago de Cuba along with his wife, Marilín Alayo Correa. Pastor Toledano and his wife have experienced intense harassment at the hands of the Cuban authorities for over two decades.

In February 2016, over 200 church leaders in Pastor Toledano’s denomination were detained as the authorities demolished the Emanuel Church building. Pastor Toledano was out of the country at the time. Since then he has been prevented from leaving Cuba, subjected to repeated police summons, and threatened with imprisonment on multiple occasions.

In recent months, Pastor Toledano and his family have continued to experience severe harassment, even in spite of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and related lockdown measures.

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Voces de Cuba: Alain Toledano Valiente

El apóstol Alain Toledano Valiente es un líder prominente en el Movimiento Apostólico en Cuba. También pastorea la Iglesia Emanuel en Santiago de Cuba con su esposa, Marilín Alayo Correa. Por más de dos décadas, han experimentado hostigamiento por parte de las autoridades cubanas.

En febrero del 2016, más de 200 líderes perteneciente a la denominación del Pastor Toledano fueron detenidos mientras las autoridades demolieron el edificio de la Iglesia Emanuel. El Pastor Toledano estaba fuera del país cuando la demolición ocurrió. Desde entonces ha sido frecuentemente impedido de viajar del país, sujetado a citaciones repetidas de la policía, y amenazado con el encarcelamiento en varias ocasiones.

En recientes meses, el Pastor Toledano y su familia ha continuado a experimentar acoso severo, a pesar de la pandemia COVID-19 y sus medidas relacionadas con el confinamiento.”

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