Five German retailers have been accused of profiting off slave labour in the concentration camp region of Xinjiang by the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), claims the businesses deny.
The ECCHR filed a criminal complaint in Germany against the retailers Hugo Boss, Lidl, C&A, Aldi Nord and Aldi Sud, accusing them of benefiting from forced labour from the Muslim Uyghur population in the Xinjiang region of Western China based on publicly available information on the supply chains of the companies.
“The complaint highlights the potential systematic involvement of European companies in alleged state-sponsored forced labour in the [Xinjiang Autonomous Region],” the head of ECCHR’s Business and Human Rights program, Miriam Saage-Maas said per DW.
“It is unacceptable that European governments criticize China on human rights violations, while European companies may be profiting from the exploitation of the Uyghur population. It is high time that those responsible