French Launch Probe Into Fashion Groups Over Uyghur Labour

French Launch Probe Into Fashion Groups Over Uyghur Labour

The owner of Zara, Inditex, is one of the groups being investigated.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet

Magistrates at the national anti-terror prosecutor's office in Paris are probing claims that multinational companies are complicit in crimes against humanity, the source said, confirming a report on the Mediapart investigative website.

The case is based on a complaint lodged in April by the anti-corruption group Sherpa, the French branch of the Clean Clothes Campaign, the Uyghur Institute of Europe, and a Uyghur woman who had been held in a camp in Xinjiang, China.

Last year, several major consumer brands, including Uniqlo, H&M, Nike, and Adidas, announced that they would no longer buy cotton from the region, sparking boycott calls in China.

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