Cotton On and Target have stopped buying cotton from China‘s Xinjiang province where persecuted Muslims are forced to work in factories.
The Chinese state has detained up to one million Uighur muslims since 2014 under the guise of cracking down on domestic terrorism.
Many are held in camps or forced to work in textile factories and cotton mills, according to eyewitness reports.
The ABC’s Four Corners in July revealed that Cotton On and Target were reviewing their cotton supply chains due to fears of human rights abuse.
Cotton On and Target (pictured) have stopped buying cotton from China’s Xinjiang province where persecuted Muslims are forced to work in factories
Cotton On used to source its cotton from Litai Textiles which had a factory near a camp where persecuted Muslims are held
Now the current affairs programme has reported that both retail giants have cut ties with Xinjiang.
Cotton On used to source its cotton from Litai Textiles which had a factory near a camp where persecuted Muslims are held.
On Thursday it said it has changed supplier and is ’absolutely committed to having an ethical supply chain’.
Target Australia used to source cotton from a mill owned by the Huafu company but no longer does after sending employees to investigate.
A spokesman said the store has ‘made the decision to stop orders from that mill.’
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Cotton On and Target for further comment.
UN experts and activists say at least one million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims are held in the detention centres in Xinjiang.
The detainees are seen sitting in rows in a train station watched by dozens of SWAT officers
China describes them as ‘training centres’ helping to stamp out extremism and give people new skills.
Former detainees have revealed that Muslims were forced to eat pork and speak Mandarin in those internment camps.
China has also kept thousands of Uighur children away from their Muslim parents before indoctrinating them in camps posing as schools and orphanages.
Last week US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo compared the program to George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 which depicts repressive, overreaching government.
Speaking at an American Association of Christian Counselors event in Nashville, Tennessee, he said: ‘The Chinese Communist Party is detaining and abusing more than one million Uighur Muslims in internment camps in Xinjiang, the western region of China.
Authorities in China’s Xinjiang region have rounded up an estimated one million mostly Muslim Turkic-speaking minorities into internment camps in what they call an ‘anti-terror’ campaign
A Western intelligence official was able to verify the movement of some 500 prisoners earlier this year from Kashgar to Korla in Xinjiang, a Muslim-dominant region in western China
‘The pages of George Orwell’s 1984 are coming to life there.’
It comes after shocking footage emerged which was believed to show hundreds of shackled and blindfolded Muslim prisoners being transferred.
The drone video, believed to be taken in Xinjiang in western China, shows the detainees being led from trains with their heads shaven, eyes covered and hands bound.
The alleged prisoners are also seen in the clip sitting in rows outside what appears to be a train station watched by dozens of SWAT officers.
Many of them, thought to be ethnic minority Uighurs, are seen wearing purple vests with the words ‘Kashgar Detention Center’ written on their backs.
US officials believed the footage to be authentic.
Who are the Chinese Muslims?
Muslims are not a new presence in China. Most of China’s Muslim communities, including the Hui, Uighurs and Kazakhs, have lived in China for more than 1,000 years, according to fact tank Pew Research Center.
The largest concentrations of Muslims today are in the western provinces of Xinjiang, Ningxia, Qinghai and Gansu.
A substantial number of Muslims live in the cities of Beijing, Xi’an, Tianjin and Shanghai.
Chinese Muslim men take part in gathering for the celebration of the Muslim holiday, Eid al-Adha, or the Muslim Feast of the Sacrifice, at the Niu Jie mosque in Beijing, China
They make up about two per cent of the 1.4 billion population in China. However, as the country is so populous, its Muslim population is expected to be the 19th largest in the world in 2030.
The Muslim population in China is projected to increase from 23.3 million in 2010 to nearly 30 million in 2030.
Those who grow up and live in places dominated by the Han Chinese have little knowledge about Islam – or religions in general – thus view it as a threat.
Beijing’s policymakers are predominately Han.
At the same time, radical Muslim Uighurs have killed hundreds in recent years, causing China to implement even more extreme measures to quash potential separatist movements.
Uighurs in particular have long been used to heavy-handed curbs on dress, religious practice and travel after a series of deadly riots in 2009 in Urumqi, according to the Financial Times.
Schoolchildren were banned from fasting during Ramadan and attending religious events while parents were banned from giving newborns Muslim names such as ‘Mohammed’ and ‘Jihad’.
Certain symbols of Islam, such as beards and the veil, were also forbidden. Women with face-covering veils are sometimes not allowed on buses. Unauthorised pilgrimages to Mecca were also restricted.
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