‘Uyghurs for Sale’ Report Claims Apple Uses Forced Labor

In one report [PDF] of Australian Institute for Strategic Policy, Apple is one of several companies named to use forced labor from the oppressed Uighur Muslim community in China.

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The third case study in the report on page 21 details Uighur workers in the Apple supply chain. It starts with a photo shoot that Tim Cook took in 2017 at the entrepreneur Apple’s O-Film factory in Guangzhou. Mr. Cook’s post on the Chinese social media platform Weibo mentions making selfie cameras for iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

It is said that between April 28 and May 1, 2017, 700 Uighurs were reportedly transferred from Lop County, Hotan Prefecture, Xinjiang, to work in an O-Film factory in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province.

As with the other Xinjiang labor transfers described in this report, the Uyghur work assignments sent to Jiangxi were highly politicized. Workers were expected to “gradually change their ideology” and turn into “modern and capable young people” who “understand the Party’s blessing, feel gratitude to the Party and contribute to stability,” wrote one. local Xinjiang newspaper.

In December 2017, a Uighur worker who claimed to work at O-Film said that there were more than a thousand Uighur workers at the O-Film factory in Jiangxi.

The report mentions three other Apple suppliers who used Uighur labor. The others were Foxconn, Goertek and Hefei Highbroad Advanced Material. In total, ASPI’s research revealed that 83 foreign and Chinese companies directly or indirectly benefit from the Uyghur workforce.

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