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World Apple lobbying against Uighur Forced Labor Prevention Act: Report

20:55  21 november  2020
20:55  21 november  2020 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act would require U.S. companies to guarantee they do not use imprisoned or coerced workers from the predominantly Apple is heavily dependent on Chinese manufacturing, and human rights reports have identified instances in which alleged forced Uighur

Congressional disclosure reports show that Fierce Government Relations lobbied for Apple on the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act and other bills aimed at pressuring U.S. companies to ensure that their supply chains do not depend on companies that use slave labor , particularly from a region

Lobbyists with Apple are attempting to curb legislation that would require U.S. companies to guarantee that they are not employing workers from a region of China where human rights abuses have been alleged, according to two congressional staffers.

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The Uighur Forced Labor Prevention Act, sponsored by Rep. James McGovern, would impose "various restrictions related to China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous region" and sanction those responsible for "human rights violations there."

AFL-CIO international director Cathy Feingold, who has supported the passage of the bill, said Apple officials are "shocked" at the pushback leveled at them and other companies that have allegedly used labor from the region that is home to China's largest Muslim population, the Uighurs, according to the Washington Post.

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The report found evidence of forced Uighur labor in four separate facilities belonging to Apple suppliers. Although the report highlights that the displaced Uighur workers are present in many different companies' supply chains including Nike, BMW, and Amazon, Apple features prominently as

Apple must act on the possibility of Uyghur forced labor , say campaigners. China, which is believed to have detained more than one million Uighurs in internment camps in Xinjiang, has described its programmes – which reportedly include forced sterilisation – as job training and education.

“What Apple would like is we all just sit and talk and not have any real consequences,” Feingold said. “They’re shocked because it’s the first time where there could be some actual effective enforceability.”

Human rights reports out of China have alleged the use of forced Uighur labor by Apple manufacturers, a claim that the tech giant has downplayed.

"[Apple] is dedicated to ensuring that everyone in our supply chain is treated with dignity and respect," Apple spokesman Josh Rosenstock told the Washington Post. "We abhor forced labor and support the goals of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act. We share the committee’s goal of eradicating forced labor and strengthening U.S. law, and we will continue working with them to achieve that.”

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Blaming apple or Google for Chinese labor laws is ludicrous. Chinese manufacturing for decades has been literally based around loose, cheap labor . These politicians writing these bills don’t care about children in China. More likely a company against Apple bribed a politician to push this bill.

Apple paid an outside firm to lobby Congress on legislation targeting U.S. companies that do business in areas of China that may use slave labor . From a report : Congressional disclosure reports show that Fierce Government Relations lobbied for Apple on the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act

Tags: News, Apple, China, Human Rights, Business, Manufacturing, Technology, Lobbying, Foreign Policy, Congress

Original Author: Spencer Neale

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