Do Not Buy Chinese Solar Panels, They Come from Slave Labor in Xinjiang

Do Not Buy Chinese Solar Panels, They Come from Slave Labor in Xinjiang

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But beware: many non-Chinese companies also use suspicious Xinjiang-produced polysilicon in their solar modules.

by Massimo Introvigne

Solar panels in China.
Solar panels in China (credits).

When your friendly installer recommends Chinese solar panels, since they are effective and cheap, you should consider saying no. It is very probable that slave labor in Xinjiang

(新疆, officially the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region). The “autonomous” region of China whose largest ethnic group is Uyghurs, with another 7% of Ethnic Kazakhs, and Islam as the majority religion. The World Uyghur Congress and other Uyghur organizations do not accept the name Xinjiang, which means “New Frontier” or “New Borderland” and was imposed by Imperial China in 1884, after it conquered or rather reconquered the region, that it had already occupied between 1760 and 1860. Uyghurs prefer the name “East Turkestan,” which was also used by two ephemeral independent states, known as the First (1933) and the Second (1944–49) East Turkestan Republics. In order to avoid the choice between “Xinjiang” and “East Turkestan,” both problematic designations, American scholar Rian Thum suggested to adopt the ancient name of the region, Altishahr (“Six Cities”), which is however rarely used outside of scholarly circles.

“>Xinjiang went into their productions.

After The New York Times had suggested in January that solar panels, not cotton only, had a slave labor problem involving the Uyghurs