US senator rebukes Apple, Nike for ‘using forced labor’ from China

US senator rebukes Apple, Nike for ‘using forced labor’ from China

WASHINGTON: A US senator on Thursday reprimanded top US companies including Amazon, Nike and Apple for using forced labor from China, accusing them of engaging Americans in Beijing crimes against Uighurs.
Speaking at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on China’s crackdown on Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in its western Xinjiang region, Republican Senator Marco Rubio said: “For too long, companies like Nike and Apple and Amazon and Coca-Cola have been coercive.” using labor.”
“They were benefiting from forced labor or sourcing from suppliers who were suspected of using forced labor,” Rubio said. ‚ÄúThese companies were, sadly, implicating us all in these crimes. That is why it is important for the Senate to pass our Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act quickly to ensure that the Labor or goods made by Uighurs force labor to enter our markets and make all Americans reluctant allies.”
Recently, several companies, including H&M and Nike, said they were concerned about allegations that forced labor has been used to produce cotton in Xinjiang.
According to a report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, China produces 22 percent of the world’s cotton, of which 84 percent comes from the Xinjiang region where more than two million Uighurs are held in mass internment camps.
China has been rebuked globally for sending Uighur Muslims to mass detention camps, interfering with their religious activities, and sending community members to undergo any form of forced re-education or education.
Beijing, on the other hand, vehemently denied that it engaged in human rights abuses against Uighurs in Xinjiang, while there have been reports of journalists, NGOs and former detainees denouncing the Chinese Communist Party’s brutal attack on the ethnic community. expose action.
Earlier this year, the United States became the first country in the world to declare Chinese action in Xinjiang a “genocide.” In February, both the Canadian and Dutch parliaments adopted resolutions recognizing the Uighur crisis as a genocide. The latter became the first parliament in Europe to do so.
In April, the United Kingdom also declared China’s ongoing crackdown in Xinjiang a “genocide”.

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