Tens of thousands of Uyghurs in China are placed with suppliers of Western companies. A study shows that they are probably not working there voluntarily.
Collectibles from forced labor? Nike Air Jordan in a shop window Photo: John Angelillo/imago
The list of charges seems endless: The US tech giant Apple is among them, the South Korean competitor Samsung as well as China’s leading smartphone producer Huawei. German companies are also on the list of 83 global brands, including Volkswagen, Siemens and Adidas. They are all said to be profiting from the economic exploitation of the Uighur Muslim minority. That is what a study by the Australian think tank Australian Strategic Policy Institute (Aspi) suggests.