Swedish fashion giant Hennes & Mauritz HNNMY has reopened its official store in Alibaba Group Holding’s BABA Tmall, months after the Chinese e-commerce platform took it offline over the brand’s criticism of human rights violations in the Uyghur Autonomous Region of Xinjiang.
Neither H&M nor Tmall have released a statement about the reason for the reopening. H&M declined to comment on a question from Benzinga and an email sent to Tmall requesting comment did not receive any response.
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According to Reuters, the reopening was first noticed by Chinese internet users.
In early 2021, H&M was one of the brands to raise concerns about alleged human rights violations against Uyghur Muslims in China’s Xinjiang province, sparking massive outcry from Chinese shoppers.
The statement from the world’s second-largest fashion retailer prompted celebrities to cut ties with the brand and e-commerce platforms and ditch H&M.
More than a million people, mostly Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities, have recently been detained by Chinese authorities in camps in Xinjiang, according to UN experts and human rights groups. At the same time, China has refuted all allegations of abuse.
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