An International Labour Organization (ILO) committee issues a report on Thursday, Feb. 10, expressing “deep concern” about China’s policies in the far western region of Xinjiang, calling them discriminatory and urging Beijing to bring its labor practices into line with global standards.
As the first and oldest specialized agency of the UN, the International Labour Organization’s mission is to advance social and economic justice through setting international labor standards.
According to Reuters, the U.S. accuses China of genocide and, along with other Western countries, has imposed a diplomatic boycott of the Olympics Games in protest of its genocidal treatment of Uighurs in Xinjiang. ILO committee is reviewing some of the allegations of human rights violations, such as China’s alleged use of forced and prison labor.
CNN reported that the U.S. State Department said up to 2 million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities are said to have been held in a vast network of detention centers across the region. Former detainees claim they were subjected to indoctrination, sexual abuse, and forced sterilization. China rejects human rights violations, claiming that the centers are needed to combat religious extremism and terrorism.
International Labor Organization said in the report, “The Committee expresses its deep concern in respect of the policy directions expressed in numerous national and regional policy and regulatory documents and, as a result, requests the government to … review its national and regional policies with a view to eliminating all distinction, exclusion, or preference.”
The committee specifically requested that China repeal provisions in Xinjiang “that impose de-radicalization duties on enterprises and trade unions,” and amend political re-education provisions.