China: Apple iPhone supplier is accused of using Uighur Muslims as forced labour in Chinese factories

An iPhone parts supplier has been accused of using Uighur Muslims as forced labour at its factories in China.

The US-based Tech Transparency Project alleges that thousands of Uighur workers from Xinjiang were sent to work for Chinese firm Lens Technology in ‘labour transfers’ which watchdogs have linked to human rights abuses.

The Apple supplier, which makes glass screen covers for iPhones, is said to have received Uighur workers in conditions which hinted at involuntary labour and ‘political education’.

Apple denied the allegations published in the Washington Post, saying it had confirmed that Lens Technology was not using transferred Uighur workers.

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