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Japan to abolish human rights violations in textiles

Jul 15, 2021
Japan to abolish human rights violations in textiles

Tokyo, Japan

The Japanese Ministry of Trade and Industry has called on the textile industry to craft guidelines to root out human rights violations and to strengthen measures to address environmental issues.

According to Nikkei Asia Newspaper, the Japan Textile Federation will coordinate with the human rights violations to draft the guidelines by next year. They are expected to include provisions for assessing potential human rights violations relating to fair work hours and wages, as well as the presence of child labour. Companies would use the guidelines in monitoring suppliers.

The United Nations and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development have outlined frameworks for companies to monitor supply chains for human rights abuses.

Earlier, in the month of May, Japanese sportswear firm Mizuno Corporation announced its decision to stop using cotton sourced from China's Xinjiang region, believed to reflect concern amid allegations of human rights abuses by Beijing against the Uyghur Muslims.

The firm said that the output of products containing Xinjiang cotton will be discontinued and will not be restocked once sold out.

Western apparel companies have also taken stands against the use of Xinjiang cotton as well.

Beijing, on the other hand, has vehemently denied that it is engaged in human rights abuses against the Uyghurs in Xinjiang while reports from journalists, NGOs and former detainees have surfaced, highlighting the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) brutal crackdown on the ethnic community.

H&M was forced to close 20 stores in China following its statement on forced labour in Xinjiang that leads to uproar among Chinese nationals and authorities. Meanwhile, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden have issued a joint statement expressing grave concern at the human rights situation of Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslim minorities in China's Xinjiang province.

Source: Yahoo! news

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