Fabrizio Bensch / ReutersVW CEO Herbert Diess rejected allegations of ignorance of re-education camps for Muslim Uighurs in the Chinese province of Xinjiang. This is the situation in the region "of course," a company spokesman said on Wednesday, which is why the company is trying to contribute to the region's development and to the cohesion of the local population.
VW's criticism of a factory in northern China's province
"Especially with jobs for all ethnic groups at the Urumqi site, the social environment is significantly improved." Margarete Bause, spokeswoman for human rights policy, made comments from Diess in an interview with the BBC, after which the camps did not were aware of it. Referred to as "shocking".
Human rights groups have been denouncing for months that they detained and tortured members of religious minorities in China's Xinjiang province, Bause said. "If Mr. Diess is proud to create jobs in China and pretend he has no knowledge of the reeducation fields, then this is pure cynicism." Companies are responsible for their actions. "The CEO of VW takes this responsibility on foot and becomes an accomplice in Chinese advertising." It is estimated that the camps have a capacity of one million Muslims.
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According to the VW spokesman, about 700 people work at the factory in northwest China's province. About a quarter of these are Uighurs. Diess also said in the interview that he was proud to have created jobs in the region.