Tesla’s Xinjiang Showroom asks for harsh warning and criticism from WH Press Sec

Tesla’s new showroom and store in the Xinjiang region, China, appeared to receive recognition from President Joe Biden’s press secretary, Jen Psaki, during a recent press conference. Psaki did not sit on the words and suggested that public and private companies should oppose China’s human rights violations.

Earlier this week Tesla opened a showroom in Xinjiang, a region in China that is often under intense control due to its human rights violations. According to Human Rights Watch, a non-governmental, international organization that “defends the rights of people in 100 countries worldwide,” estimates that one million Uighur Muslims are detained in the region.

On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked about Tesla’s showroom in Xinjiang, according to a video from The recount. Psaki acknowledged the allegations, stating that companies in the private sector can not fail to deal with forced labor and human rights violations. Psaki added that companies that fail to do so may “face serious legal, reputational and customer risks.”

“I can not talk about the specific situation of a company. But in general, we believe that the private sector should oppose China’s human rights violations and genocide in Xinjiang,” Psaki said. “The international community, including the public and private sectors, can not look the other way when it comes to what’s going on in Xinjiang.As we have said before, companies that fail to deal with forced labor in their supply chains and other human rights violations face serious legal, reputational and consumer risks, not just in the US, but in Europe and around the world. “

In December, President Biden signed the Uyghur Forced Labor Act, which bans imports from the Xinjiang region unless companies can prove that their products were not manufactured by forced labor. Human Rights Watch says China has detained one million Uighur Muslims and placed them in “re-education camps” where they are being abused with beatings, forced labor, medical experiments and forced abortions. China has denied these allegations, declaring that it has not abused the Uighur people.

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Tesla’s Xinjiang Showroom asks for harsh warning and criticism from WH Press Sec

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