‘Uygur’ step from Apple! Terminated the contract with the Chinese company

According to Bloomberg’s report, it was alleged that Apple ended its contracts with Ofilm Group, which was included in the sanction list by the US in July 2020 on the grounds that it was involved in forced labor practices.

A source who does not want to be disclosed on the subject stated that Apple made this decision a few months ago, while the US technology company did not make a statement on the subject.

The Chinese firm announced yesterday that a “private overseas customer”, whose name it does not share, has stopped purchasing its products.

World-famous companies stopped buying cotton due to “forced labor”

Swedish-based clothing company H&M announced in September 2020 that it would not supply cotton from China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, due to the “forced labor” of ethnic minorities.

Sümerra, Bureau Veritas SA, TUV SUD, RİNA SpA and Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) companies and companies, which provide services in matters such as international auditing, control, certification, conformity assessment, ensuring worker rights and conscious use of the environment, also it had decided not to supply it.

In the report published by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) in February 2020, it was revealed that China sent more than 80 thousand Uighur Turks to work in factories in 2017-2019. ASPI pointed out that the Swedish company H&M is one of the beneficiaries of the forced labor transfer program due to its relations with the dyed yarn manufacturer Huafu Fashion.

Controversial camps in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

In recent years, violations of the identity and culture of Uyghur Turks in China have been criticized by the international public.

According to the data of the United Nations (UN), at least 1 million Uighur Turks are excluded from their will in places that Beijing calls “vocational training centers” and the international public describes them as “re-education camps”. The Beijing administration does not provide information about how many camps are located in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, how many people are there, and how many of these people have returned to social life.

As the UN and other international organizations reiterated calls for the camps to be opened for scrutiny, China has so far allowed a small number of foreign diplomats and members of the press to partially see several camps it has designated.

While the Chinese authorities deny the allegations of forced labor, they are rejecting the UN officials’ request to investigate the region freely for direct information.