New reports of China’s network of extrajudicial detention camps in Xinjiang emerge almost weekly, with observers estimating as many as 1.5 million members of Muslim ethnic minorities, including Uighurs, Kazakhs, and others, have been detained. Those not held in the camps are living in what Amnesty International has called an “open-air prison” blanketed with advanced surveillance and peppered with invasive police checkpoints.
Meanwhile, foreign companies continue to conduct business in Xinjiang despite widespread evidence of human rights abuse. Some firms may even unwittingly benefit from the detentions. Supply chains for major clothing companies such as Adidas, H&M, and Esprit have become entangled with labor supplied by the camps, according to The Wall Street Journal.