Last year, Volkswagen was suspected of violating human rights in the Chinese region of Xinjiang, where the auto giant has a joint venture with SAIC. The German government responded to suspicions, calling on Volkswagen to monitor the situation in connection with the alleged violation of the rights of ethnic Uyghurs. The same was asked by the largest shareholders, such as Deka Investment and Union Investment.
Volkswagen has repeatedly denied the allegations, claiming that local residents are “much better off” with a large manufacturer present and that the auto giant provides them with jobs. However, the criticism continues.