United Kingdom: Human rights must not be ‘trampled’ in global rush for PPE, say MPs

MPs and experts in the procurement of personal protective equipment have said human rights must not be “trampled” in the rush to secure PPE for frontline workers via global supply chains.

The calls come after a Guardian investigation found evidence that the British government had sourced PPE from factories in China where hundreds of North Korean women have been secretly working in conditions of modern slavery.

“These findings are extremely concerning and will worry all who read them,” said the Labour MP and shadow cabinet member Rachel Reeves. “We urge the government to investigate them immediately and outline exactly how procurement processes could have got them in a place where this kind of supply chain check didn’t happen. The UK’s ethical obligations should not be jeopardised at a time like this.”

Paul Scriven, an outspoken critic of the way the government has sourced PPE, said more must be done to ensure human rights were not sidelined in the rush to get protective equipment to frontline NHS staff.

The original full article can be found at theguardian.com


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