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We call on Skechers to immediately cease its use of Slave Labor from Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other people from East Turkistan.

On February 28, 2020, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) released a report highlighting 83 Chinese and foreign companies that were profiting from the forced labor (slave labor) of Uyghur, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Uzbek, and other Turkic peoples from Occupied East Turkistan (what China calls “Xinjiang”).

As the international community is becoming more aware of China’s brutal system of concentration camps, labor camps, and prisons across East Turkistan, China has been secretly transferring Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples into Chinese provinces.

The report found that, between 2017-2019, over 80,000 Uyghurs were forcibly transferred out of East Turkistan and into Chinese provinces for forced labor. However, the number of Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples (Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, Uzbeks, and Tatars) that were forcibly transferred out of East Turkistan is estimated to be much higher ranging from at least several hundred thousands to even millions. Between 2006-2010, it was reported that some 400,000 young Uyghur and other Turkic people (mostly young women) were forcibly transferred out of East Turkistan into eastern China as part of China’s 11th 5 year plan.

ETNAM’s Founder and President, at Salih Hudayar stated that, “China is taking advantage of the COVID19 (Chinese virus) pandemic, which has taken away international attention away from the brutal oppression in East Turkistan (so-called “Xinjiang”), to transfer hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other Turkic peoples into Chinese provinces.”

Uyghurs producing Skecher shoes at a Chinese factory.

The East Turkistan National Awakening Movement (ETNAM) calls on Skechers and its CEO Robert Greenberg to immediately cease its use of Slave from Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other people from East Turkistan. Hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples have been FORCIBLY transferred to Chinese provinces for forced labor. We call on Skechers to issue an apology for enabling this. We also urge the international community to BOYCOTT, DIVEST, and SANCTION China.

We again call on the international community to recognize China’s atrocities in East Turkistan as colonization and genocide and recognize East Turkistan as an Occupied Country. The international community must take action, including humanitarian intervention if necessary, to put an to this 21st century Holocaust.