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Major automakers, including Tesla, General Motors, Volkswagen, and Toyota, are named in a report by Human Rights Watch that links them to aluminum allegedly produced with forced labor in China's Xinjiang region. China is accused of running labor transfer programs where Uyghurs and other Turkic minorities are forced to work in factories. The report points out that tracking the origins of aluminum from Xinjiang is challenging, making it difficult for car manufacturers to ensure that their supply chains are free from forced labor.
Automakers including Tesla, General Motors, Volkswagen and Toyota are failing to ensure they are not using forced labor as part of their China supply chains, a report released Thursday by Human Rights Watch says.
The report highlights the ongoing concerns over human rights abuses in Xinjiang and the challenges faced by companies in verifying the source of their materials. China is accused of crimes against humanity in Xinjiang, where more than 1 million Uyghurs are estimated to have been arbitrarily detained. The report emphasizes the need for stronger due diligence measures to address forced labor risks and ensure responsible supply chains.
The Human Rights Watch report argues that when it comes to aluminum from Xinjiang, its origins are difficult to track, especially when it is shipped to other parts of China and made into alloys.