PARIS - NGOs who are suing fashion giants Uniqlo, Inditex, SMCP and Skechers for allegedly concealing "crimes against humanity" in China's Xinjiang region have welcomed French prosecutors's decision to open an investigation.

The investigation has been launched by the crimes against humanity unit within the antiterrorism prosecutor's office following the filing of a complaint with the Paris Judicial Court in April by three NGOs.

Collectif Ethique Sur L’étiquette - a French partner of the Clean Clothes Campaign, anti-corruption group Sherpab and the Uyghur Institute of Europe say it is the first time an investigation for "concealment of crimes against humanity" has been opened against multi-national companies.

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