A report published Tuesday by the website the Information accused Apple of partnering with Chinese manufacturers that openly, and illegally, reject individuals from jobs based on race and ethnic background – the same ethnic backgrounds of people they stand accused of exploiting as slaves.
Apple conducts a significant percentage of the manufacturing of its products in China through partnerships with local suppliers. For years, evidence has mounted that these suppliers participate in Chinese Communist Party programs to enslave people belonging to the country’s ethnic minorities, particularly the Uyghur people. An extensive 2020 report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) called “Uyghurs for Sale” accused 83 international companies, including Apple, of buying Uyghur slaves online through government programs, shipped out of their native Xinjiang province to engage in forced labor nationwide.
The company suppliers reportedly purchased the slaves through online advertisements featuring racist cartoons of the people for