No surprise that the Biden administration looks the other way or does little to prevent the usage of slave labor in which, despite the decrying of such practices even by groups like Amnesty International, children are still used to mine cobalt in the Congo. China, on the other hand, uses it on Uyghur Muslims as part of their re-education efforts. It cannot be said that the left isn’t consistent since they’re encouraging slavery with the illegal immigrants coming in through the U.S.’s southern border.
Green Energy Push Is Contributing To Forced Labor, Slavery
Thomas Catenacci, November 13th, 2021, Daily Caller
Jewhar Ilham last saw her father seven years ago.
“I don’t even know if he’s alive,” said Ilham, a Chinese-born Uyghur Muslim. “My cousin, she was a nurse, she was sentenced to 10 years for having a photo and an article of my father in her cell phone.”
Ilham’s father, Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti, is an accomplished academic, having taught economics at Minzu University of China in Beijing and received several international awards including five Nobel Peace Prize nominations. But Chinese authorities arrested Tohti, who researched human rights violations committed by the Chinese Communist Party-controlled government, in 2014 and later sentenced him to life imprisonment after finding him guilty of “separatism.”
“This is just one of the stories, it’s happening to hundreds of thousands of others,” Ilham told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “So many of my friends and acquaintances — their family members are locked up either in camps or prisons or factories and are forced to work even though they had perfect jobs before that they enjoyed doing.”
Following her father’s arrest, Ilham successfully fled to the U.S. where she has become an activist fighting Chinese repression. She is currently the forced labor project coordinator at the Worker Rights Consortium, a founding member of the Coalition to End Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region, a group of several organizations and labor unions fighting human rights violations of Uyghurs in the Xinjiang province of China.
More than a million ethnic minorities like Ilham’s father are believed to have been coerced into forced labor or interned in camps in Xinjiang, according to government and academic research. The Department of State reported that “entire communities” of Uyghurs have become ghost towns as a result of government repression in the region.
Uyghurs are often forced to work in large cotton factories which produce clothing sold by Adidas, Nike, H&M and others. But many others are placed in facilities that are central to the burgeoning global renewable energy industry.