20 Responsibility Issues
> Trading With Oppressive Regimes

Introducing The Issue 

Are you 'wilfully complicit' in the Chinese government's genocide against the Uyghur people?

What are the chances that one day we'll all end up in "education and training" camps in a distant corner of Xinjiang being treated for the "disease" of "extremist ideology" because we don't fit ethnically?

Winston Churchill said an appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile – hoping it will eat him last. If we turn a blind eye, if we shrug and tell ourselves we can't do anything about what happens inside China, and this is just the way the world works, then isn't it the case that we're complicit and appeasing.

Democratic governments and international organisations struggle to hold oppressive regimes to account. Businesses and organisations can use their buying power and their voices to force change.

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Below are some of the characteristics which EdenTree suggest are likely to be prevalent in 'Oppressive Regimes':
>> Authoritarian (single-party, tribal or Monarchic government); or totalitarian (military or civilian dictatorship)
>> Absence of the rule of law; arbitrary detention; disappearances; extra-judicial executions
>> Persecutions of sections of society, possibly including 'ethnic cleansing', genocide, persecution of religious and ethnic minorities
>> Torture used as part of the judicial or extra-judicial process
>> Suppression of civil society institutions
>> Restrictions on freedom of expression; persecution of human rights advocates, trades unions
>> Restrictions on freedom of movement; forced deportation
>> Restrictions on media, including censorship, surveillance, and persecution
>> State-sanctioned slave- or bonded- labour; systemic child labour
>> State-sponsored persecution or discrimination of women and girls by virtue of gender (e.g. female genital mutilation)
>> Occupation of disputed territories

EdenTree's list of oppressive regimes contains Freedom House's 'Worst of the Worst' (i.e. Syria, South Sudan, Eritrea, Turkmenistan, North Korea, Equatorial Guinea, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Central African Republic, and Libya), as well as China, Egypt, Russia and a number of the Gulf States.

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