“No lo compraré, China”: El costo de la “Fast Fashion” para las minorías religiosas y étnicas en la región China de Uigur

Una nueva sudadera de algodón llegó a mi casa esta semana, con tres palabras en la etiqueta que hizo que mi mente diera vueltas: ‘Hecho en China’. ¿Pero en qué parte de China? ¿Se hizo en la región de Uigur? ¿Era esta sudadera un producto del trabajo forzado? ¿Yo era parte de este problema; aunque sin saberlo, alimentaba una industria que sabía que estaba arraigada en la difícil situación de las minorías religiosas y étnicas de China?

¿De dónde viene el algodón de China?

China es uno de los mayores productores de algodón del mundo y la mayor parte de su algodón se produce en la Región Autónoma Uigur de Sinkiang (la región de Uigur), conocida por muchos uigures como “El Turquestán Oriental”. Informes fiables afirman que la región de Uigur produce el 84% de la producción de algodón de China, y es el principal proveedor y exportador de algodón de prendas de vestir y productos textiles a las fábricas chinas e internacionalmente.[1] La Coalición para Poner Fin al Trabajo Forzoso de Uigur cree que el 20% del algodón del mundo proviene de la región de Uigur.

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“Nadie es inmune a las redadas”: La Vida de los Uigures en la Región de Sinkiang, China

La Región Autónoma Uigur de Sinkiang de China está presenciando actualmente una crisis de derechos humanos sin precedentes en la que entre uno y tres millones de uigures predominantemente musulmanes, kazajos y miembros de otras minorías étnicas han sido detenidos sin cargos, ni juicio en los llamados “campos de reeducación”. El siguiente blog está escrito por un experto en cultura uigur y arroja luz sobre cómo es la vida para los que están dentro de la región.

“Imagina un mundo donde todos tus movimientos son observados. Donde se supervisa a quién conoces, a quién visitas e incluso de qué hablas. Donde se puede ser detenido en un autobús a mitad de viaje o detenido fuera de tu coche en un punto de control, donde tus pertenencias, tu identidad, tu cara, tus huellas dactilares y tu iris se escanean varias veces al día, y donde el contenido de tu teléfono podría enviarte a prisión por el resto de tu vida.

Esta es la nueva realidad para más de 10 millones de uigures (pronunciados Weega) en la provincia de Sinkiang, al noroeste de China, desde que el ex gobernador del Tíbet, Chen Quanguo fue convocado para asumir el control, en lo que fue considerada como la segunda provincia más problemática de China en 2017 a los ojos de Xi Jinping y el Partido Comunista Chino.

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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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“No one is immune from the roundups”: Life for Uyghurs in China’s Xinjiang region

China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region is currently witnessing an unprecedented human rights crisis in which between one and three million predominantly Muslim Uyghurs, Kazakhs and members of other ethnic minorities have been detained without charge or trial in so-called ‘re-education camps.’ The following blog post is written by an expert on Uyghur culture and sheds light on what life is like for those inside the region.

“Imagine a world where your every movement is watched. Where who you meet, who you visit, and even what you talk about is monitored. Where you can be hauled off a bus mid-journey or dragged out of your car at a checkpoint, where your belongings, your identity, your face, your fingerprints and your irises are scanned several times a day, and where the contents of your phone could send you to prison for the rest of your life.

This is the new reality for more than 10 million Uyghurs (pronounced Weega) in China’s north-west Xinjiang province, since the former governor of Tibet, Chen Quanguo was summoned to take over the helm of, in the eyes of Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party, China’s second most problematic province in 2017.

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‘Faithful disobedience’ in the face of a relentless crackdown: one year since China’s Revised Regulations on Religious Affairs.

Over the past year, the Chinese government has intensified its crackdown on Christians and other religious groups across China.

The mass incarceration of over one million predominantly Muslim Uyghurs, Kazakhs and members of other ethnic groups in ‘re-education camps’ in Xinjiang since 2017 has alarmed the international community, with the detentions receiving UN condemnation. At the same time, Christians across China are also being relentlessly targeted by the Chinese state apparatus, with countless violations ranging from the arrest and torture of religious practitioners to the forced closure of places of worship remaining a daily reality for those peacefully exercising their universal right to freedom of religion or belief (FoRB).

Since the revised regulations on religious affairs came into effect on 1 February 2018, reports have emerged of the removal of over 7,000 crosses in Henan province alone. Christians in Henan have also reported that unregistered churches across the province have been forcibly shuttered by authorities. Outside of Henan, in the wake of the revised regulations authorities across China continue to harass worshippers and restrict religious observance at state-approved churches by removing religious symbols from buildings, banning under-18s from religious activities, and forcing churches to install cameras and sing pro-Communist songs.

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