London court dismisses Uyghur rights group’s legal challenge – DW – 01/20/2023

A Uyghur rights group’s legal challenge against the British government was dismissed by a London court on Friday.

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) brought the challenge against the British government for failing to investigate cotton imports from the northwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang.

Xinjiang is a major global supplier of cotton. Rights groups allege that China uses forced labor from camps interning members of the Uyghur ethnic group to pick the crop.

What was the judge’s ruling on the Uyghur challenge?

The group had taken legal action at London’s High Court against the British Home Office, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and National Crime Agency.

Judge Ian Dove said in his ruling that he had dismissed all of the WUC’s grounds of challenge.

Dove said that there is “clear and…

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