Uiguri costretti a lavorare per la Nike

Alcuni Uiguri sono stati mandati forzatamente a lavorare lontano da casa, per la precisione alla Longfa Shoe Factory, legata alla Nike, nel sudest della provincia del Guangdong. Fra loro sembrerebbero esserci dei bambini sottratti alla custodia dei genitori, inoltre più della metà dei lavoratori sarebbero donne. Il reclutamento di queste persone avviene attraverso pressioni di vario genere che vengono effettuate anche nei confronti delle loro famiglie.

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Uyghurs  forced to work for NIKE

Uyghurs sent to work in a shoe factory thousands of miles from home include children, with some parents allegedly coerced into letting them go.
The workers are employed at Longfa Shoe Factory in China’s southeastern Guangdong province.
The facility currently employs 660 workers through a program known as “Transfer Surplus Workforce Outwards.” More than half of the workers are female, and some 300 are under the age of 18, employees say.
Longfa Shoe Factory is owned by Taiwan-based Dean Shoes Co. Ltd., which supplies Oregon-based U.S. footwear giant Nike, Inc.
The U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China said in its 2008 annual report that the Chinese government continues to fill local jobs in Xinjiang with migrant labor, while maintaining programs that send young ethnic minorities to work in factories in China’s interior under conditions reported to be “abusive.”
“Local officials, following direction from higher levels of government, have used ‘deception, pressure, and threats’ toward young women and their families to gain recruits into the labor transfer program,” it said.
According to a report by Radio Free Asia, by the end of 2007 hundreds of Uyghur girls, most of them underage, had been forced into labor programs far from their homes in Xinjiang by local officials.
The girls were enrolled in training programs at factories and told they would be paid during their training, but they never received wages.
Most girls were unable to afford the cost of a return trip home, and those who did go back faced fines from hometown officials upon their return, the RFA report said.

13/05/2009

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