The American Apparel & Footwear Association, Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America, National Retail Federation, Retail Industry Leaders Association, and The United States Fashion Industry Association – representing a broad swath of the U.S. business community – applaud today’s announcement of a global approach to end the campaign of oppression against Uyghurs and other ethnic Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (Xinjiang). We have consistently called for such a holistic approach.
Today’s announcement recognizes that no single country and no single approach will stop the persecution of Uyghurs. All stakeholders must play an active role to bring the current genocide to an end. For our part, the business community has spent the last two years working to end any nexus with Xinjiang or with Uyghurs trafficked to other parts of China in order to undercut one component of the campaign of oppression against Uyghurs – forced labor. And we continue to work with the U.S. government and Congress to implement an effective and enforceable strategy to address forced labor in and related to Xinjiang.
We look forward to working together with Congress, the U.S. government, and our counterparts around the world to bring this tragedy to an end.
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