While the global uproar over human rights in the Xinjiang region have resulted in the US decision to impose sanctions against the region's Chinese entities last July, many international companies are reportedly choosing to ignore human rights' concerns as they continue to carry out business activities in the region, disregarding the various forms of injustice and systematic oppression against the Uyghur Muslim minority there.
Apple is advocating for forced labor. @tim_cook, we don’t have the lobbying budgets that you have.— kuzzat Altay (@KuzzatAltay) December 1, 2020
What we have is the blood and tears of the #Uyghur people who are suffering in the Chinese concentration camps. #AppleAgainstUyghurs #Chinese @Apple pic.twitter.com/wZfqnU5c6g
Using the two-month extension announced by the US government for companies to move their plants from Xinjiang, several US-based supply chains are still running business as usual in the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, XPCC, ignoring calls to end operation with the Chinese quasi-military entity where 12% of Xinjiang’s population is reportedly forced to work in inhumane conditions.
In recent days, many US news sources have also reported efforts by several US brands that have been lobbying against a proposed bill that suggests banning products produced in China by forced labor from entering the United States.
1/N@Apple @tim_cook , @Nike, @CocaCola are lobbying against The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act.— 巴丢草 Badiucao (@badiucao) December 3, 2020
Brands like @ZARA @mujiusa support China’s #Uyghur genocide via using XJ cotton.
I create new satire Ad against them. Get for free and expose them: https://t.co/2M8wbPGlPr pic.twitter.com/DPN9fKmpTs
According to the New York Times, leading US companies have been hiring lobbyists to pressure US lawmakers not to vote for the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, which could have a major negative impact on their businesses.
In an attempt to pressure American businesses to withdraw their investments from the region and pay more interest to human rights violation in Xinjiang, many people took to social media calling on Apple, Zara, Muji USA, Nike, Coca-cola, and other well-known names in the business world, to take the right decision and stop making profit through what they described as "the Uyghur genocide."
Absolutely appalling. @Nike @Apple @CocaCola you should all be ashamed! I won't be buying any of your products until I hear that you're engaging in ethical employment.@SenWarren @KamalaHarris @BernieSanders please speak out against this!! ✨?? #AppleAgainstUyghurs #HumanRights https://t.co/OBeug9EF49— Rebel Heart Wellness (@RebelHeartCoach) November 30, 2020
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