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Can a new law stop China's forced labour?

Human rights organizations say more than a million Uyghurs have been detained, with estimates of hundreds of thousands forced into producing cotton, apparel and electronics for some of the world’s biggest brands. A new U.S. law is trying to change how profitable that can be.

Two Uyghur advocates speak with host Tamara Khandaker in this week's Nothing is Foreign

A woman with long brown hair and bright red lipstick stands next to a tree and stares off to one side with a dreamy expression. The sun through the tree leaves is reflected on her face.
Rayhan Asat is a Uyghur human rights and business practices lawyer. (Jeenah Moon/Reuters)

On June 21, a new labour law comes into effect in the U.S. requiring all importing businesses to prove that nothing in their supply chain is made with forced labour in the Chinese province of Xinjiang. That's where human rights organizations say more than a million Uyghurs have been detained, with estimates of hundreds of thousands forced to produce cotton, apparel and electronics for some of the world's biggest brands.

We speak with two Uyghur advocates who tell us stories of their family heartache, the struggle for the truth and whether this new law can end these crimes against humanity.

Featuring:

  • Rayhan Asat, human rights and business practices lawyer.
  • Jewher Ilham, Uyghur human rights activist, Project to Combat Forced Labor

Nothing is Foreign is a new podcast from CBC News and CBC Podcasts. A weekly trip to where the story is unfolding. Hosted by Tamara Khandaker.

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