A new report from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (via Critical Hit) suggests that China has been using Muslim forced laborers to make gaming consoles. Similarly, a number of human rights organizations have stated that China has been sending roughly 80.000 Uighur and other minorities to “re-education camps”.
China has a well-known animosity against its Muslim population and other religious beliefs that don’t conform to the state-approved belief systems. After a 2014 bombing at the Xinjiang train station, president Xi Jinping launched the “People’s War on Terror. As a result, he transformed the region into a police state.
The report also claims that Uighurs were sent from detention camps to factories, between 2017 and 2019. The Uighurs were then made to make products for the likes of Nike, Sony, and Huawei.
This is what Nathen Ruser (co-author of the report) had to say to the BBC.
“Our report makes it really clear that the dispossession of Uighurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang also has a really strong character of economic exploitation.”
The report mentions 83 companies in total. Among those listed 83 are Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo. The companies are doing lip service damage control now, due to the information leaking.
Seemingly there is no guarantee that a Muslim or other minority has made your consoles or other pieces of tech under allegedly abusive labor. It certainly makes you think about where our beloved “stuff” comes from.
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