China 's latest COVID outbreak in Muslim-dominant Xinjiang is traced back to garment factory
The new wave in Xinjiang is connected to a village factory run under the state's 'poverty alleviation' programme, a report has revealed. Experts claim the scheme often involves forced labour.
Officials in the Xinjiang say they believe they have contained the country's latest coronavirus outbreak.Xinjiang reported 23 new confirmed cases on Thursday, all involving people who had initially tested positive but displayed no symptoms.It was the second consecutive day in which newly confirmed cases emerged entirely among such people.
Officials say that development appears to show new infections have been curbed in Kashgar prefecture, where the outbreak appeared on Saturday.They say all the cases seem to be linked to a garment factory that employs 252 people and has since being sealed off.
More than 4.7million people in Kashgar have been tested for the virus.AdvertisementThe outbreak emerged on Saturday in Kashgar Prefecture, a mostly Uighur-inhabited region. More than 180 people have tested positive.According to an in-depth report published by Chinese news site headtopics.com
Caixinon Tuesday, the virus broke out in the state-run clothes factory in Shufu County's Zhanmin Township outside of the city of Kashgar.The factory is 'densely packed' with most of its employees coming from nearby villages, locals told Caixin, an independent financial news organisation.
Two of the factory workers who were struck down by the virus are the parents of the 'patient zero' in this wave of infections, a 17-year-old girl.The disease began to spread among their colleagues after their daughter had come back three times to their home in the Number Three Village of Zhanmin,
the Xinjiang governmentsaid on Sunday.The teenager works in a different garment factory and lives in the neighbouring Number Two Village of Zhanmin, the Xinjiang government reported on Saturday.Her infection was detected during a regular COVID-19 test and she did not display any symptoms, according to
a statement.Although Xinjiang official had identified the source of the outbreak as a garment factory in Zhanmin Township, it was Caixin's article that revealed the factory's link to the government's contentious 'poverty alleviation' project. headtopics.com
More than 180 people have tested positive in the wave of infections in Xinjiang since SaturdayExperts have pointed out that the state-run programme could make people work against their will.Commenting on Caixin's report, Adrian Zenz, a German researcher specialising in China's minority policies, said the scheme put 'all adult Uighurs and related minorities into low-skilled factory work'.
He toldThe Guardianthat ''industry-based poverty alleviation' is not voluntary but mandatory'.He added that those who refuse to be 'alleviated' could face 'ideological education so that their thinking aligns with the state's goals'.
An investigation bythe New York Timesin August revealed that China was rushing to meet the global demand for PPE during the pandemic by using Uighur labour through the labour-transfer programme.Amy K. Lehr, the director of the Human Rights Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told the New York Times that the programme had 'coercive quotas that cause people to be put into factory work when they don't want to be.'
'And that could be considered forced labor under international law,' she stated.China was forcing Uighur workers to mass produce face masks as part of the country's Muslim 're-education' programme during the coronavirus pandemic, a report said in August. The file picture taken on June 18 shows workers at a garment factory in Aketao county of Xinjiang headtopics.com
China has been heavily criticised by other countries and NGO groups over its policies against Muslims and other religious groups, including alleged sterilisation programmes, forced labour and 're-education' camps.UN experts and activists have claimed that at least one million ethnic Uighurs have been held in the detention centres in Xinjiang, the western Chinese region with a large population of the Muslim ethnic minority.
Former detainees claimed that Muslims were forced to eat pork and speak Mandarin in those internment camps.After initially denying their existence, China acknowledged that it had opened 'vocational education centres' in Xinjiang aimed at preventing extremism by teaching Mandarin and job skills.
This photo taken on June 2, 201,9 shows a facility believed to be a re-education camp where mostly Muslim ethnic minorities are detained in Artux, north of Kashgar in China's XinjiangChina has repeatedly rejected criticism against its religious policy.
In July, China's ambassador to the UK insisted Uighur Muslims live in 'peace and harmony' despite being confronted with footage appearing to show shackled prisoners being herded onto trains.Appearing on the Andrew Marr Show, Liu Xiaoming denied reports that China is carrying out a programme of sterilisation of Uighur women in the western Xinjiang region.
Mr Liu went on to stress that the Uighur population, which has reportedly increased in numbers in the last 40 years, enjoy a 'peaceful, harmonious coexistence with other ethnic groups' in Xinjiang. Read more: Daily Mail Online »
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Here is the main 'expert', Adrian Zenz, an ultra-Christian German who calls himself 'led by God' in this study. Well, let's move on ... THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE at Work. For you everything China Does is BAD. If you really want to know what is going on there ? Go in CHINA see by your self . One should ask how come MUSLIMS and MUSLIMS Leaders don't endorse these claims ? Probably they know the real truth
The Daily Rag with all its Bullshit News that goes with it You do realise its forced labour? Rather than trying to pin it on the ‘muslims’ Whats the 'muslim' bit got to do with anything!!. tut tut media at it again stoking up the fire of hate. Yes, in the panties for those whose balls are in pieces... What have they been eating... 🙄
and IvankaTrump clothing line with slave labor. Will the garments be sanitised before being shipped abroad? Well I guess that’s their way to get rid of a religious group. So glad I wasn’t born in China. They'll eat anything. First bats now garments. Geez from France too China.
Large Covid outbreak in China linked to Xinjiang forced labourMore than 180 cases traced to garment factory where Uighurs must take up work placements This is perfectly acceptable but freaking cartoons will result in endless beheadings of innocent people. Ok 👍 good luck Well we might as well cancel Christmas smh
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