Despite ongoing concerns about forced labor in the Uyghur Region from human rights advocates, the United Nations, scholars and the Uyghur diaspora, China boasts about not just ongoing labor schemes there but 456,000 new jobs over the first 10 months of 2023.
Adding insult to injury, Chinese authorities say this is proof of a “happy and harmonious” Uyghur society.
Forced labor to maintain surveillance
Uyghur experts argue that many of the reported jobs involve forced labor, with individuals coerced into employment under conditions that violate international standards. Detained Uyghurs, including those in vocational internment camps, are often subjected to such labor.
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