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Project December 7, 2022

Linking Paper Pulp Deforestation in Indonesia and Forced Labor in Xinjiang



It seems quite possible, if not likely, that wood fiber from conflict rainforests, or plantations on peatlands in Indonesia, is being sent to Xinjiang and, in facilities using forced labor, turned into viscose fiber that flows into garment supply chains, including to the U.S. and Europe.

This investigation, published in English and Indonesian in Vice and Project Multatuli, will mix data, desk, and field work to link these supply chains. The goal: to connect deforestation and environmental degradation in Sumatra with labor and human rights abuses in Xinjiang and show how these tainted goods flow across the world.