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WASHINGTON – The Coalition to End Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region has slammed the continued silence of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) over Xinjiang, claiming it is putting the credibility itself and its members at risk. It also criticised BCI for deleting all public statements and references to its decisions to exit the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and called for it to “immediately reinstate” the statements.

“Continued silence by BCI taints all brands and retailers that use BCI cotton as an ethical alternative in an industry widely tainted by forced labour, as well as the farmers who trust BCI to take a stand for ‘better cotton’ production everywhere,” said the Coalition in a statement.

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