Fears over China’s Muslim forced labour loom over EU solar power

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

h/t Robin Guenier

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Nearly every solar power panel sold in the European Union has its origins in China’s oppressed Xinjiang region.

The solar industry and Brussels lawmakers argue Europe’s renewable energy push should not come at a human cost amid long-standing international concern over reports China has detained 1 million people with Muslim backgrounds in camps in Xinjiang and is putting them to work.

“Everybody knows what’s going on in China, and when facilities are based there you have to accept that there’s a high possibility that forced labor will be used,” said Milan Nitzschke, president of EU ProSun, an alliance of solar businesses seeking to promote sustainable, solar manufacturing based in the EU.

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