According to a recent investigation, China will be forcing one of the country's ethnic minorities to perform forced labor as part of its reeducation plans, becoming involved in the manufacture of devices for Apple, Samsung, Sony, Huawei and other brands.
Chinese reeducation plans will include sending people thousands of kilometers away to work on factories against your will, which produce components for various products, including smartphones, tablets and other technology.
Those affected are the Uyghur, a minority who lives in the Chinese province of Xinjiang and that, unlike ethnicity they have (90% of the population), they traditionally follow Islam.
Years ago, the Communist Party of China, which exercises power in the country, is accused of creating reeducation camps for Uyghurs, seeking ethnic uniformity, although censorship makes it difficult to know the extent of the problem.
Now the Australian Foreign Policy Institute, under the Australian administration, has published a detailed report on the use of forced labor by large multinationals, which not only includes Apple or Samsung, but also firms such as BMW and Volkswagen.
According to their findings, from 2017 to 2019 a minimum of 80,000 Uyghurs completed their "re-education", and were sent to factories thousands of kilometers away, where they remain closely monitored, and must even attend additional classes at the end of the day.
One of the factories where they have discovered forced labor is O-Film, which made the selfie cameras of the iPhone, and where even Tim Cook (top manager of Apple) went on a tour of China.
In fact, Cook uploaded a publication to Weibo, a Chinese social network that replaces Twitter, since the latter is prohibited:
The accusations of the Australian Foreign Policy Institute are very serious, and he advises governments, brands and consumers to start their economic pressures, which has driven China in recent years.
While the manufacturers outsource their production in China for lower costs, to companies of the likes of Apple or Samsung the idea that semi-slavery workers are part of the production chain will not please, as it will affect their reputation.
Although the trade war between the United States and China could be the reason that the Australian report has been published at this time, abuses of the Uyghur ethnicity have been going out in the media long before, so the investigation of forced labor gains credibility .
In fact, more and more brands are moving production to India or Vietnam, and if these facts were proven, New manufacturers may stop working in China and look for other alternatives.
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What do you think of the alleged forced labor? Are you worried about the working conditions of those who work in the technology production chain?