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China: Xinjiang forced labour reported in multinational supply chains

"Xinjiang forced labour reported in multinational supply chains", 2 March 2020

China’s Uighur minority are being moved from their homes and mass detention camps into factories to work under conditions that strongly suggest forced labour for suppliers to a range of multinationals including Apple and Huawei...

More than 80,000 Uighur residents and former detainees from the north-western region of Xinjiang have been transferred to factories in a range of supply chains including electronics, textiles, and automotives, according to the report... by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI)...

Asked to comment on the findings, an Apple spokesperson pointed to a statement previously given to the Washington Post: “Apple is dedicated to ensuring that everyone in our supply chain is treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. We have not seen this report but we work closely with all our suppliers to ensure our high standards are upheld.”

Huawei declined to comment.

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