He continued, “Disney’s whitewashing of the ongoing Uighur genocide is contrary to all of your company’s supposed principles. Just a few weeks ago, for instance, you wrote about the need to ‘confront the inscrutable idea that the lives of some are deemed less valuable—and less worthy of dignity, care and protection—than the lives of others.’”
The congressional letter lists a series of questions about what Disney executives knew and when they knew it. They lawmakers state they want to know what sort of local labor was used in production and what human rights policies Disney has. Earlier this week, the Trump administration said it has prepared orders to block imports of cotton and tomato products from Xinjiang over the accusations of forced labor. The letter also asks whether any contracts were signed with any of the CCP-run agencies, whether anything was received in exchange for receiving a special thanks in the credits, and whether the CCP asked for any editorial content control.
The lawmakers said they would like the briefing to include answers on whether “the Walt Disney Company agree the treatment of Uyghur minorities in Xinjiang constitutes genocide,” whether it condones “the treatment of Uyghur minorities in Xinjiang,” and whether other filming locations were discussed in advance of the movie being shot. They also question whether there is anywhere in the world Disney would refuse to work because of human rights abuses.
Earlier this year, Rubio, along with 74 other Senate and House members, urged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin to issue a formal determination of “the atrocity crimes, including crimes against humanity and genocide against Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other Muslim ethnic minorities in the region.”
Beijing has denied the existence of these camps several times. The Chinese government further claims the nation is fully in compliance with the UN’s International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.