Clothing from C&A, Nike, Patagonia and State of Art would be co-produced by Uyghurs under duress.
The German human rights organization European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) is filing a complaint against the clothing brands in the Netherlands for this reason,
The ECCHR filed a complaint with the Functional Public Prosecutor's Office in Amsterdam on Tuesday for complicity in slavery and exploitation, because the clothing brands know or could know that their clothing is made by Uyghurs who are forced to do so.
It is the first Dutch report for human rights violations against the clothing industry, Barbara van Straaten, the lawyer who filed the report on behalf of the ECCHR, told
Abuses in the clothing industry are also taking place in other countries, but according to the ECCHR, this is happening in such a gross way in Xinjiang that there are crimes against humanity.
The declaration was made in the Netherlands because the companies are located here or have a regional head office.
According to the ECCHR, the clothing companies are cooperating in "the systematic and widespread attack on the civilian population" in China's Xinjiang Autonomous Region.
Hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs in the northern China region are victims of systematic torture and mass detention in concentration camps.
In addition, millions of Muslims in China are subject to systematic mass surveillance, Amnesty International said in June.
Who are the Uyghurs and why is China oppressing them?
ECCHR hopes that the report will encourage the Public Prosecution Service to investigate
In a response to
, C&A says it does not buy clothing, fabrics or yarn from manufacturers in Xinjiang.
However, according to the ECCHR, the Indonesian clothing factory Wintai Garment, which produces C&A socks, purchases large quantities of cotton yarn from a company with a subsidiary in Xinjiang.
The ECCHR hopes that the report will encourage the Public Prosecution Service to investigate.Keywords: