Osaka [Japan], May 21 (ANI): Japanese sportswear firm Mizuno Corporation announced on Friday its decision to stop using cotton from the Chinese region of Xinjiang, which is believed to reflect concern amid allegations of abuse to Beijing’s human rights against Uighur Muslims.
Mizuno did not officially disclose the reason for his decision and said it would have minimal impact, as Xinjiang cotton constitutes only a small amount of the material used in his sportswear, Kyodo News reports.
The company said production of Xinjiang-containing cotton products will stop and will not be replenished once exhausted.
Earlier this week, U.S. customs and border protection blocked a shipment of T-shirts to the Uniqlo casual clothing chain in January for allegedly violating a ban on importing items containing cotton from Xinjiang, according to Kyodo News.
Tadashi Yanai, president and CEO of Fast Retailing Co., said last month that the Japanese firm would immediately stop doing business with suppliers if the products were found to be forced labor.
China has been criticized worldwide for reprimanding Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang by sending them to mass detention camps, interfering in their religious activities and subjecting them to abuse, including forced labor.
Beijing, meanwhile, has vehemently denied engaging in human rights abuses against Uyghurs in Xinjiang as reports from journalists, NGOs and former detainees reveal the brutal repression of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) against the community. ethnicity.
The United States banned imports of cotton and tomato products from Xinjiang in January and Canada and the United Kingdom followed suit. Many international brands, including HM, Nike and Ralph Lauren, have also left a statement stating that their products are not made from Xinjiang cotton, South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported. HM was forced to close 20 stores in China after its statement on forced labor in Xinjiang causing a stir among Chinese citizens and authorities. Meanwhile, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden have issued a joint statement expressing grave concern about the human rights situation of Uighurs and other Turkish Muslims. minorities in the Chinese province of Xinjiang. (ANI)