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GENEVA – 39 United Nations member countries have issued a public rebuke of the Chinese government’s widespread human rights violations in Xinjiang along with Hong Kong and Tibet. Supporters of the German-led statement include Britain, Canada, the United States, many European Union member states, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Haiti, Honduras, Palau, and the Marshall Islands. The move has potential ramifications for brands with sourcing links to Xinjiang and the rest of China.

“We are gravely concerned about the human rights situation in Xinjiang and the recent developments in Hong Kong,” German Ambassador Christoph Heusgen said in a statement on behalf of the group to the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee. “We call on China to respect human rights.”

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