Raphael Glucksmann, Member of the European Parliament The French MEP has done more than any other European politician to attract attention to the predominantly Muslim Uyghur minority in China’s Xinjiang region.
Such tactics may have also grabbed tech behemoths.
According to an Associated Press investigation, Xinjiang laborers manufacture screens and camera cover lenses for a company whose clients include Apple, Samsung, and Huawei.
While his concentration is on human rights, his work has raised concerns that IT corporations in the region may have benefited from forced labor.
Apple, along with Zara and Nike, was accused by Glucksmann in June of spending hundreds of thousands of euros lobbying against legislation that would force firms to ensure human rights are respected across the value chain.
The Frenchman has led a large campaign on social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook’s Instagram in recent months, denouncing an EU-China investment deal and raising awareness about the mistreatment of Uyghurs.
The newbie MEP’s openness earned him a spot among the European parliamentarians targeted by Beijing’s sanctions in March of this year.
In addition, the MEP chairs the European Parliament’s special committee on disinformation and foreign influence, which is focused on Russia and China.
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