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Griezmann severs ties with Huawei as Barcelona star cites fears over treatment of Uighurs
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Griezmann severs ties with Huawei as Barcelona star cites fears over treatment of Uighurs

11-Dec-2020, 01:56 am

Antoine Griezmann Barcelona 2020-21

Antoine Griezmann has severed ties with Huawei over suspicions they are making technology that is repressing Uighur Muslims in China.

Griezmann has condemned the alleged mistreatment of theminority group, which is predominately made up of Muslims, and has urged Huawei to use their influence to address a troubling human rights issue.

“Following strong suspicions that the Huawei company has contributed to the development of a ‘Uighur alert’ thanks to facial recognition software, I am announcing the immediate termination of my partnership with the company,” the French striker said on Instagram.

“I take this opportunity to invite Huawei to not just deny these accusations, but to take concrete actions as quickly as possible to condemn this mass repression, and to use its influence to contribute to the respect of human and women’s rights in society.”

Huawei have responded to Griezmann's post by offering to sit down with the 29-year-old to clarify the situation, while insisting thatthe company will not tolerate discrimination in any form.

"Huawei is obviously saddened by the decision of Mr. Griezmann to end his relationship with the company," the Chinese multinationalorganisation said in a statement to Goal.

"We would like to extend an invitation to speak to him personally, to explain the work that is currently being done at the highest level, inside the company, to address the issues of human rights, equality, and discrimination at all levels, and to reassure him, and all our customers and partners, that Huawei takes these concerns very seriously.

"The language used in the document he refers to in the news reports is completely unacceptable. It was not Huawei’s language, rather descriptions of functions provided by the company Megvii. It is not compatible with the values of Huawei. Our technologies are not designed to identify ethnic groups. Non-discrimination is at the heart of our values as a company.


Source : goal.com

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