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GENEVA – The Better Cotton Initiative will potentially revise its policies with the aim of preventing and detecting forced labour in response to concerns about the use of forced labour in the cotton and textiles sectors in the Xinjiang province of Western China. The revision process could potentially begin in January 2020 following an assessment of the current situation. However, BCI says it will continue to promote the Better Cotton Standard in the region, claiming this will “benefit local cotton farmers.”

BCI claims that, to date, there is “no direct evidence that demonstrates that forced labour is being used on BCI licensed farms in Xinjiang.”

There is a growing body of credible evidence that forced labour from ethnoreligious minorities (including Uighurs) is being used during or following internment in ‘re-education camps’ in the Xinjiang province of Western China.

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