Thursday, November 12, 2020

China Muslims: Volkswagen says 'no forced labour' at Xinjiang plant - BBC News

Volkswagen  Xinjiang plant

Volkswagen has defended its decision to continue operating a car plant in Xinjiang, a Chinese region mired in allegations of large-scale human rights abuses by the state.

Evidence that hundreds of thousands of Uighurs and other minorities are being detained in camps, or used as forced labour in factories, has led some multinational companies to cut ties with the region, despite China's insistence that the claims are untrue.

Volkswagen's critics argue that it has a particular moral obligation not to be involved in such practices because of its history.

The company was founded by the ruling German Nazi Party in 1937 and used forced labour - including concentration camp prisoners - in its factories during WWII.

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