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    One-in-five British women who gave birth in December were told to wear masks during labour, a poll suggests, despite medical guidance advising against it because it could cause “potential harm”. The poll of 936 women conducted by the charity Pregnant Then Screwed and seen by BBC News revealed that some 20 per cent were ordered to wear a mask by medical...
    A MUM has relived how she felt like she was "dying" while giving birth - after being forced to wear a face mask which triggered panic attacks. Rosie, 39, was in labour with her third child in December, and claims NHS staff made her keep the face covering on as she delivered her baby. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for...
    BEIJING (Reuters) - The official news outlet of the Communist Party of China's Xinjiang region said unidentified companies from the area have filed a domestic civil lawsuit seeking unspecified compensation from a U.S.-based human rights researcher whose reports alleged forced labour is used in the region's cotton industry. The companies said researcher Adrian Zenz's reports were untrue, damaged the reputation...
    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Torture and forced labour are rife in North Korea's prisons, amounting to possible crimes against humanity, the U.N. human rights office said on Tuesday, as the Biden administration weighs fresh sanctions over Pyongyang's nuclear programme. The report, issued seven years after a landmark U.N. investigation found that crimes against humanity were being committed, also...
    18 WITH an aching back, and hunger pangs ripping through his stomach, 15-year-old Abou Traore uses a heavy machete to hack through the dense brush of a cocoa plantation. The teenager, who has been working long hours on the farm since the age of ten, is one of 16,000 children forced into child labour in West Africa - so...
    The US is banning all imports of cotton and tomato products originating in China’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, government officials said on Wednesday, citing growing concerns over widespread use of forced labour there. Coming in the final week of the Trump administration, the action, effective immediately, constitutes one of the most sweeping and aggressive policy actions taken by the US...
    British companies will need to switch their supply chains away from Xinjiang under a new raft of policies announced by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Tuesday, as international actions grow over allegations of human rights violations by China against Uygur Muslims in the region. Addressing parliament, Raab said that evidence existed of forced labour among Muslim Uygurs in Xinjiang; the...
    FROM your phone, TV and trainers to your clothes and Covid masks, anti-slavery campaigners have warned there's a very good chance part of them was made by political prisoners in China. Activists have accused the Communist regime of being engaged in the world's biggest forced labour outrage since the Nazis. 20The products which human rights and anti-slavery campaigners claim are...
    BORIS Johnson has blasted the "demented" beliefs of Chinese medicine for causing the coronavirus crisis. As Britain upped the ante with Beijing, the PM pointed the finger at the Chinese for "grinding up pangolin scales" and unleashing the deadly virus on the world. 2Boris Johnson at the One Planet Summit yesterday 2Liz Truss has warned China that global...
    The European Commission has called for sceptics to support its “good and solid” investment deal likely to be reached this week with Chinese President Xi Jinping, boasting success in securing what it calls “an important commitment” from China to make efforts to ratify key international conventions against forced labour. In a memo sent on Tuesday to the European Parliament, seen...
    An iPhone parts supplier has been accused of using Uighur Muslims as forced labour at its factories in China.  The US-based Tech Transparency Project alleges that thousands of Uighur workers from Xinjiang were sent to work for Chinese firm Lens Technology in 'labour transfers' which watchdogs have linked to human rights abuses.   The Apple supplier, which makes glass screen covers...
    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said on Wednesday there was credible, growing and troubling evidence of forced labour among Uighur Muslims in China's Xinjiang region. "Evidence of forced Uighur labour within Xinjiang, and in other parts of China, is credible, it is growing and deeply troubling to the UK government," foreign office minister Nigel Adams told parliament. Adams was responding to...
    By Mei Mei Chu KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia said on Thursday it viewed U.S. allegations of forced labour in palm oil plantations as an "old issue" but it was willing to take appropriate action if needed. Last month, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) banned the imports of palm products from FGV Holdings on suspicion of forced labour...
    Women in France are being forced to wear masks during childbirth, with doctors given the power to refuse to treat anyone who chooses not to wear one.   French mothers have expressed their outrage at the mask requirement, pointing out that someone exercising in a fitness centre in the country is exempt from wearing one, but pregnant women must wear one...
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan may not attend a leaders' meeting with South Korea and China later this year unless "proper measures" are taken in a dispute between Seoul and Tokyo over compensation for wartime forced labour, Japanese media said on Tuesday. Ties between the two Asian neighbours soured after South Korea's Supreme Court ordered a Japanese steelmaker to pay compensation...
    Lawmakers in the US House of Representatives approved legislation on Wednesday that would require publicly listed companies in the US to disclose commercial links to China’s Xinjiang Autonomous Uygur Region amid concerns about the use of forced labour there. In contrast to numerous recent China bills that have drawn near unanimous support, the bill passed through the Democratic-controlled chamber along...
    The US has ordered border officials to block shipments of clothing, computer parts and other products made at select locations in China's Xinjiang region. The move is the latest by the Trump administration to put pressure on China over its treatment of Xinjiang's Uighur Muslims. The US said the sites use forced or prison labour. China is believed to have...
    A group representing some of the largest US and international apparel companies has called on Washington to convince other countries to pressure China to end forced labour in its Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. An official of the American Apparel and Footwear Association – which represents The Gap, Versace, Jimmy Choo and other brands – said on Thursday that more countries...
    The US is to block key exports from China's Xinjiang region due to allegations that they are produced using forced labour. The proposed bans include cotton and tomato products which are two of China's major commodity exports. The Trump administration has been ratcheting up pressure on China for its treatment of Xinjiang's Uighur Muslims. In recent years China has massively...
    Nearly 200 global human rights and labor groups launched a campaign Thursday demanding companies stop profiting from China’s enslaved ethnic minorities, noting that “virtually the entire apparel industry is tainted by forced Uyghur and Turkic Muslim labour.” The group, calling itself the Coalition to End Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region, pointed out that over 80 percent of the cotton used...
    A FIFTH of all cotton products come from Uighur slaves and “virtually the entire” fashion industry is "tainted", human rights groups say. More than 180 organisations urged brands from Adidas to Amazon to end sourcing of cotton and clothing from the Xinjiang region and cut ties with any suppliers in China that benefit from forced labour. 3Muslim trainees work in...
    China is forcing Uighur labour to mass produce face masks as part of the country's Muslim 're-education' programme during the coronavirus pandemic, a report has revealed. Chinese companies are using Uighur workers through a controversial government-sponsored programme which experts say often involves forced labour, according to a New York Times investigation. It comes as Britain accused Beijing of 'gross, egregious human rights abuses'...
    The US has seized a shipment of human hair products from China, that it says was made by forced labour from children or prisoners. The products came from Xinjiang in the far west of China - where it's thought a million Muslims have been detained in "re-education" camps. "Production of these goods constitutes a very serious human rights violation," said...
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