After the chemical company’s announcement BASF from the Chinese region Xinjiang Germans have to withdraw Politician von SPD, Greens and FDP an Volkswagen appeals to do this too.
“Xinjiang must become a ‘no-go’ as a location for economic activities for Western companies, including VW,” said Renata Alt (FDP), Chairwoman of the Bundestag’s Human Rights Committee Daily Mirror (Montag).
BASF’s withdrawal sends a clear signal, Alt continued: “No lazy compromises should be made when it comes to human rights.”
No lazy compromises on human rights
BASF’s decision to divest itself of shares in joint ventures in Xinjiang is therefore very welcome.
The Green MEP Reinhard Bütikofer told dem Daily Mirror, the pressure on VW will now increase again. “VW must leave Xinjiang,” he declared. There is an ethical red line for the business ability of companies; “Complicity with the forced labor regime in Xinjiang” lies behind it.
The Federal Government Commissioner for Freedom of Religion and Belief, Frank Schwabe demanded loudly Daily Mirror all German companies not to do any further business in Xinjiang.
“Basically, the human rights situation in Xinjiang is so catastrophic and confusing that German companies should not operate there. This also applies to VW,” the SPD politician told the paper.
The BASF Group announced on Friday that it would sell shares in the two joint ventures in Korla, China, in the center of the Xinjiang region, citing recent reports of possible human rights violations.
VW operates a plant in Xinjiang in a joint venture with the Chinese manufacturer Saic. In the summer, the car company commissioned a company to examine the working conditions at the controversial plant in Xinjiang for human rights violations.
Test: No evidence of forced labor
The auditors announced in December that they had found no evidence or evidence of forced labor among employees. Volkswagen recently said at the beginning of February that it was taking its responsibility as a company in the area of human rights very seriously worldwide – including in China. The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights are adhered to closely.
Uighurs, members of other minorities and human rights organizations have been reporting for years that hundreds of thousands of people in Xinjiang have been put into re-education camps against their will, in some cases tortured and forced into forced labor. The Chinese government denies these allegations.