"International Labor" China demands justice for Uyghurs at work

Geneva (Reuters) – 12/02/2022. 13:19

ILO expresses “deep concern” about China’s actions against the Uighurs

  • The working committee calls on China to review its national and regional policies with a view to eliminating all discrimination or exclusion
  • US accuses China of genocide against Uighurs

Committee ofInternational Labour Organization Expressing its “deep concern” about the policies of China In the far western region of Xinjiang, calling it discriminatory, Beijing has called for its recruitment practices to be in line with global standards.
The report on the region threatens the home of the Muslim minority Uyghurs by heightening geopolitical tensions between China and the United States at a sensitive time for Beijing, as it hosts a tournament Winter Olympic Games.

The Committee expresses its deep concern regarding policy directions expressed in numerous national and regional policies and regulatory documents and therefore requests the Government… to review its national and regional policies with a view to eliminating all discrimination, exclusion or preference.
In its report issued by the agency, the commission demanded United nationsFrom China Repeal provisions “imposing de-extremism duties on companies and trade unions” in Xinjiang (home Uyghurs) and amending the provisions of political re-education GenevaAs a member state of the International Labor Organization, the Chinese government is firmly committed to respecting, promoting and achieving full access to productive and freely chosen employment and decent work for all ethnic minorities in China including Uyghurs in Xinjiang.

ILO calls on China to treat Uighurs at work
A picture of a cotton field in Xinjiang, China

The United States accuses China perpetrated mass massacres Uyghurs Along with other Western countries, it imposed a diplomatic boycott of the Games due to China’s treatment of Uyghurs In Xinjiang, allegations of rights violations include some of the allegations reviewed by the ILO committee, such as China’s use of forced labor and prison labor. China denies the charges.
The United States and Britain welcomed the commission’s findings and called on Beijing to take the required steps.

An official at the International Labor Organization: Violations against the Uyghurs will be raised at a major conference next June

An official at the International Labor Organization told Reuters that the violations against the Uyghurs will be raised at a major conference next June, and this may lead to a formal complaint and the establishment of a commission of inquiry to investigate violations on the ground, as happened in Myanmar in the 1990s.
In its report, the ILO committee also examined a number of allegations made by the International Trade Union Confederation, including that Beijing used a “widespread and systematic” program of forced labor across Xinjiang in violation of the Employment Policy Agreement.
The Chinese government called the allegations “incorrect and politically motivated” in comments summarized in the report.

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