The U.S. government has announced sanctions on 11 companies which allegedly use forced labor of Uyghurs—many of whom have been involuntarily transferred to work in factories from detention camps set up across Xinjiang—or...
by Sophie Beach | Mar 11, 2020
Following widespread reports of forced labor by Uyghurs in Xinjiang and other parts of China, a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers submitted a bill to restrict imports from Xinjiang. Austin Ramzy of The New York Times reports:...
by Samuel Wade | Jul 27, 2011
Police have mounted large-scale raids on two child-trafficking gangs, according to authorities, arresting 369 and rescuing 89 children. From the Associated Press: The busts highlighted China’s thriving black market in...
by Kate Zhao | Jul 16, 2007
From IANS, via China National News: China’s forced labour scandal has led to the punishment of 95 officials in north China’s Shanxi province, with some sacked from their party or government posts and others given disciplinary warnings for lax supervision and dereliction of duty. The provincial disciplinary commission of the Communist Party of China (CPC) […]
by Zhaohua Li | Jul 12, 2007
The second phase in China’s legal response to the Shanxi illegal brick kiln'(ÈªëÁ†ñÁ™ë) controversy has begun. From AFP via Yahoo! News: Another 26 people accused of forced labour and brutal conditions in brickyards have gone on trial in China amid a scandal that has outraged the nation, state press said Thursday. The defendants are all […]
by Kate Zhao | Jul 4, 2007
From BBC News: A trial has begun of 12 people who are accused of involvement in a slave labour scandal in illegal mines and brick factories in northern China . Among those who went on trial on Wednesday are kiln boss Wang Bingbing and foreman Heng Tinghan , state news agency Xinhua said. The charges […]
by Kate Zhao | Jun 30, 2007
From New York Times: China’s national legislature passed a sweeping new labor law Friday that strengthens protections for workers across its booming economy, rejecting pleas from foreign investors who argued that the measure would reduce China’s appeal as a low-wage, business-friendly industrial base. The new labor contract law, enacted by the Standing Committee of the […]
by Zhaohua Li | Jun 29, 2007
Guangzhou photographer Tan Weishan has posted a striking series of photos depicting victims of the Shanxi Brick kilns on his personal blog. In the photo below, Wang Meng recovers after being rescued from the infamous kiln, run by Wang Binbin, that launched the controversy: See the full series here (Warning: Some of the images are […]
by Mo Ming | Jun 19, 2007
The Wall Street Journal reporter Gordon Fairclough interviewed one of the victims of the Shanxi Brick Kiln forced labor case and published a detailed story on how Li Yaokai, one of the first abducted children to “give an extended interview to the foreign press”, got kidnapped at Zhengzhou Railway Station and was transported to Shanxi […]