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Panel Discussion – “Uyghur Forced Labor in the Automotive Industry: the Example of #Volkswagen”

Panel Discussion – “Uyghur Forced Labor in the Automotive Industry: the Example of #Volkswagen”

How can the car manufacturer Volkswagen and the state of Lower Saxony as VW shareholder be persuaded to give up their restraint and demand the Chinese government to put an end to forced labor products within the automotive industry? This is the central topic of the panel discussion “Uyghur Forced Labor in the Auto Industry: The Example of VW”, to which the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), the Society for Threatened Peoples (GfbV) and the Dachverband Kritische Aktionäre und Aktionärinnen cordially invite you to attend:

📅 Monday, May 8th 2023, 18:00-20:00 

📍BVKU Forum, Invalidenstraße 91, 10115 Berlin 

Registration: To attend on-site, please register via Eventbrite.

The Chinese government has deliberately moved the mining and processing of raw materials and the manufacturing of auto parts to the Uyghur region of East Turkestan/Xinjiang. As a result, supply chains that begin there, such as VW’s, are linked to repressive government labor programs under the so-called “poverty alleviation policy” and systematic forced labor. This was further evidenced by the Sheffield Hallam University’s Driving Force report, published in December 2022.

What consequences must car companies like VW draw from the report? How should its assessments be evaluated in the context of the German Supply Chain Act? These and other questions will be discussed with Kendyl Salcito, co-author of the “Driving Force” report, Frank Müller-Rosentritt, FDP member of the German Bundestag, Michelle Trimborn, Campaigning & Coordination Initiative Supply Chain Law, and Gheyyur Kuerban, Director of WUC. The event will be moderated by Hanno Schedler, GfbV consultant for genocide prevention & the responsibility to protect.

VW is the only foreign car manufacturer to maintain a factory in East Turkestan/Xinjiang in close proximity to the notorious internment camps where hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs are imprisoned. To this day, Volkswagen largely denies its suppliers involvement in the Chinese government’s labor transfer programs. The group speaks of good labor relations within the VW-SAIC plant after VW board member Ralf Brandstätter visited the plant in mid-February 2023. Independent and credible inspections in the region have not been possible for some time.The event will also be streamed live