Accountability and Supply Chains

The global economy allows powerful actors to profit from the complex structures that organise the supply of labour and goods, often through the violation of fundamental rights of vulnerable populations including the use of slave or bonded labour. GLAN is committed in finding innovative angles in challenging and addressing such violations, using the structures of the international system against those who abuse them. We aim to create new opportunities for the protection of human rights in these contexts.
Our Activities

GLAN, in partnership with World Uyghur Congress, filed a legal petition to the United States’ Customs and Border Protection (CBP) with evidence demonstrating the widespread use of forced and prison labour involving Xinjiang’s persecuted Uyghur people in its cotton industry.  


Request to UK authorities for suspension of unlawful importation of forced labour goods from China 

World Uyghur Congress (WUC) and the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) have submitted extensive evidence to the UK’s revenue customs authority (HMRC) requesting the suspension of cotton imports produced by China with forced labour of Uyghur muslims.   

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Legal challenge launched against EU measures incentivising trade in forced labour textiles

The Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights (UGF), with the support of the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN), has filed a case against the UK government challenging EU trade measures which promote trade in cotton produced with forced labour in Uzbekistan.