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INP
September 24, 2020

China rejects allegations of forced labour in Xinjiang

National

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INP
September 24, 2020

BEIJING: Some people in the US deliberately choose to ignore the enormous efforts Xinjiang has taken to protect human rights but want only hype up the so-called “forced labor” issue in Xinjiang and slander Xinjiang’s efforts to take good care of the workforce.

This was stated by a spokesperson of Chinese Foreign Ministry Wang Wenbin at a news briefing while responding to criticism by some US officials on issue of forced labour in Xinjiang.

In a detailed statement on the issue, the spokesperson said, “ Their groundless and untenable accusations exemplify disinformation and fake news. The State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China just released a white paper titled “Employment and Labor Rights in Xinjiang”.

If those people in the US truly care about the employment situation in Xinjiang, I suggest they give a good read to this white paper.

The white paper started by saying that “Work creates the means of existence and is an essential human activity”. It creates a better life and enables all-round human development and the progress of civilization.

The Constitution of the People’s Republic of China provides that all citizens have the right and obligation to work.

To protect the right to work is to safeguard human dignity and human rights. Workers’ job preferences have always served as an important reference for the local government of Xinjiang in expanding employment channels and organizing vocational training sessions.

In accordance with law, Xinjiang guarantees workers’ equal right to employment, remuneration, rest and leisure, occupational safety, social insurance and freedom of religious belief.

In accordance with the principle of equal protection of civil rights, Xinjiang ensures that there is no discrimination against workers on the basis of ethnicity, region, gender, or religious belief, and that no individuals’ rights are restricted because of their urban or rural status, profession or position.