German politicians urge Volkswagen to exit Xinjiang

German Politicians Call on Volkswagen to Abandon Chinese Region Amid Ethical Concerns

German politicians from various parties, including the SPD, Greens, and FDP, have called on Volkswagen to withdraw from the Chinese region of Xinjiang. Renata Alt, Chairwoman of the Bundestag’s Human Rights Committee, emphasized the importance of not making lazy compromises when it comes to human rights. She stated that “Xinjiang must become a ‘no-go’ as a location for economic activities for Western companies, including VW.”

The decision by BASF to divest itself of shares in joint ventures in Xinjiang has been welcomed by these politicians. Green MEP Reinhard Bütikofer stated that the pressure on VW will increase. He emphasized that there is an ethical red line for the business ability of companies, asserting that “complicity with the forced labor regime in Xinjiang” lies behind it.

The Federal Government Commissioner for Freedom of Religion and Belief, Frank Schwabe, demanded that all German companies immediately halt any further business operations in Xinjiang. He asserted that the human rights situation in Xinjiang is catastrophic and confusing, and German companies should not operate there.

Reports from Uighurs, members of other minorities, and human rights organizations have revealed that hundreds of thousands of people in Xinjiang have been forced into re-education camps, tortured, and subjected to forced labor. Meanwhile, the Chinese government denies these allegations. Despite issuing a commission to examine the working conditions at the plant in Xinjiang

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