Dans Corporate Knight, Rick Spence propose un article revenant sur la vigilance des entreprises et la nécessité d’avancer sur le dossier : « Is Canada a dumping ground for products made with Xinjiang forced labour? » (28 septembre 2022).
The report was welcomed by activists who feel the Uyghur cause has been soft-pedalled by world leaders. And it caused a commotion in Canada, as advocates pushed the Liberal government to punish China for crimes against humanity. “China’s human rights violations exceed anything the world has seen since the Third Reich,” says Clive Ansley, an immigration and human-rights lawyer who advises the Toronto-based Uyghur Rights Advocacy Project (URAP).
Mehmet Tohti, the executive director of URAP, demanded action on both diplomatic and business fronts. “Canada has yet to prevent even a single shipment of products tainted by Uyghur forced labour from entering Canada,” he said in a statement for “Uyghur Action Day.” “As a result, Canada has become a dumping ground for such products.”
For her part, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mélanie Joly offered her government’s “grave concern with the ongoing gross and systemic human rights violations in Xinjiang.”
But with Canada buying three times more goods and services from China than it sells, Ansley believes Canada has less to lose than China does from any hiccup in trade.
So far, only the U.S. has dared accuse China of genocide. If Ottawa joined Washington in confronting China, Ansley thinks other Western allies might jolt into action. China doesn’t want a showdown with North America and Europe, he says: “Courage is a great thing, and I would love to see the Canadian government take a stand.”
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