After the chemical company’s announcement that BASF from the Chinese region Xinjiang Germans have to withdraw, three German political parties and Volkswagen are also urged to do the same. Renata Alt, Chairwoman of the Bundestag’s Human Rights Committee, called for Xinjiang to become a “no-go” location for Western companies and praised BASF’s decision. Pressure on Volkswagen to leave Xinjiang has increased, as the Green MEP Reinhard Bütikofer emphasized there is an ethical red line for companies doing business there.
The Federal Government Commissioner for Freedom of Religion and Belief, Frank Schwabe, echoed the sentiment, urging German companies not to do business in Xinjiang due to the catastrophic human rights situation. BASF announced it would be selling shares in two joint ventures in Xinjiang, citing reports of possible human rights violations. VW has previously had a company examine working conditions at their Xinjiang plant, with no evidence of forced labor being found. However, Uighurs, members of other minorities, and human rights organizations have alleged re-education camps and forced labor, claims that the Chinese government denies.