Activists are urging some of the world’s largest international conglomerates to cut ties with Chinese suppliers over claims of “forced labor” from the country’s Uighur minority, the BBC reported Thursday.
Advocates from Uighur human rights groups claim that companies like Apple and Nike are “bolstering and benefiting” from the exploitation of the minority Muslim group, who mainly reside in Xinjiang province, located in China’s northwest.
According to the BBC, many factories that produce goods for the west are located Xinjiang, where many Uighur Muslims have reportedly been transferred to so-called “education centers.”
In response, Apple insists that no forced labor is used in making its products following an internal investigation.
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