There have been fresh calls to boycott the new live-action remake of Mulan after Disney included a thanks in the credits to Chinese Government authorities who have been linked to human rights violations.
China has been widely condemned for its detention and surveillance of Uyghurs and other Muslim minority groups in Xinjiang
Mulan’s credits offer “China Special Thanks” to the Publicity Department of CPC Xinjiang Uygher Autonomous Region Committee and the Turpan Municipality Public Security Bureau
The Turpan Municipality Public Security Bureau is on a United States list of Chinese entities “implicated in human rights violations and abuses”
The film, a remake of the much-loved 1998 animated movie, has previously been embroiled in controversy after one of the stars publicly supported police cracking down on pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
Mulan, which premiered in Australia on Disney’s online streaming service Disney+ on September 4, was filmed primarily in New Zealand and China, including desert scenes subtitled as “north-west China”.
In 2017, the New Zealand director of the $US200 million ($275 million) film, Niki Caro, posted on Instagram location scouting photos taken of sand dunes tagged at Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
The Chinese Government has been widely condemned for its detention and surveillance of Uyghurs and other Muslim minority groups in Xinjiang.