World: H&M Back on the Chinese platform Tmall after the controversy on cotton in the Xinjiang

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h-M-Chine: H & M back on the Chinese platform Tmall after the controversy on cotton in Xinjiang

H&M DE RETOUR SUR LA PLATE-FORME CHINOISE TMALL APRÈS LA CONTROVERSE SUR LE COTON AU XINJIANG © Reuters/Ints Kalnins H&M Back on the Chinese platform Tmall after the controversy on cotton in the Xinjiang

by Casey Hall

Shanghai (Reuters)-The official H&M shop is new accessible on the Tmall Electronic Commercial Platform in Alibaba, 16 months after its closure due to the criticisms of the Swedish ready-to-wear giant concerning human rights violations in the Xinjiang.

The reopening was initially observed by Chinese Internet users and confirmed by a search carried out by Reuters on the platform on Tuesday.

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The reasons motivating this return to the platform are not known and H&M and Alibaba did not respond immediately to requests for comments.

Tmall and many other Chinese platforms and applications have deleted references to the Swedish brand near having learned that H&M had undertaken not to get cotton in the Xinjiang, due to concerns related to violations of rights Man in this region of western China.

United Nations Experts and Rights Defense Groups believe that more than a million people, mainly Uighurs and other Muslim minorities, have been held in recent years in a vast system of camps in Xinjiang. China denies any accusation of abuse.

H&M, the second largest brand of ready-to-wear in the world, was launched for the first time on Tmall in March 2018.

like many other Western retailers, H&M found itself in March in the heart of the controversy On the cotton produced in the Xinjiang, and was one of the first brands to be targeted by Internet users on Chinese social networks for its position.

(Casey Hall report; French version Dagmarah Mackos, edited by Kate Entringer)

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