Posted on | September 6, 2012 by Lisa Correnti |
Bloomberg is reporting that human rights dissident Chen Guangcheng, is urging Apple to use its influence to help prevent ongoing human rights abuses occurring in China since they have a large manufacturing stake employing thousands of Chinese workers to assemble Apple products.
Chen Guangcheng is known for exposing coerced abortions and sterilizations resulting from China’s one-child policy and enforced by state family planning officials.
From the story:
“Apple in China should take a very active role,” Chen said. “There’s a huge social responsibility for these international corporations like Apple.”
This is the first time since arriving in the U.S. that the civil rights activist is speaking against his country’s forced birth-control policy, the issue that led to his arrest and jail term in China. Chen received a fellowship to study at New York University after seeking help at the U.S. embassy in Beijing just as high-level talks between the two countries got under way in April.
Chen and other China human-rights advocates are seeking a meeting with Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook to discuss their concerns. They sent a letter to Cook last week asking Apple to adopt measures to end coercive family planning practices in its factories. The proposals included prohibiting access to factories for government family-planning officials and refusing to report women who are pregnant without birth permits. The group also wants other companies, including Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO), to urge the Chinese government to drop its policy.