Apple supplier accused of using Chinese forced labor; Apple rejects claim
Longtime Apple iPhone supplier Lens Technology, a maker of glass screens and coverings, has been accused of using forced Uighur labor in its factories, according to a report by the Washington Post, citing documents from the human rights group Tech Transparency Project. The report noted that Lens Technology is a supplier to Tesla and Amazon, too.
Many companies' supply chains wind through Chinese factories, a reliance frequently complicated by the country's opaque, authoritarian government. China's Xinjiang region is home to the Uighur ethnic minority, a Muslim population being persecuted by the Chinese government. Human rights advocates have decried abusive practices that compel Uighur workers into concentration camps fronting as factories in the region -- or that force Uighurs to transfer to factories in other Chinese provinces.
In a statement to the Washington Post, Apple spokesman Josh Rosenstock said the company confirmed Lens Technology hasn't received any labor transfers of Uighur workers from Xinjiang. Apple earlier this year ensured that none of its other suppliers are using Uighur labor transferred from Xinjiang, he said to the Post.
Credits to CNet.