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Antoine Griezmann announced this Thursday that it is breaking its commercial relationship with the Chinese electronics giant Huawei for his alleged collaboration in the “repression” against the Uighur minority in China.
“Following strong suspicions that the Huawei company could have contributed to the development of a ‘Uighur alert’ through a facial recognition program, I announce that I immediately end my collaboration with this company, “said Griezzman on his Instagram account.
The forward of the FC Barcelona he invited Huawei to “not be content to deny these accusations, but to take concrete action as soon as possible to condemn this massive repression and use its influence to contribute to the respect of human rights in society.”
Griezmann and Huawei began their relationship shortly before the 2018 World Cup, finally won by the French national team, and during these years the player has participated in various advertising campaigns for products of the Shenzhen-based company, both in France and internationally.
China, in the spotlight of human rights
In recent years, China has received growing criticism of human rights organizations and other countries due to the treatment of their Uyghur minority (Muslims from the Xinjiang Western Autonomous Region), including the construction of internment and re-education camps.
The Chinese government rejects these criticisms and assures that what it is trying to do is combat Islamist terrorism.
In addition to being one of the world’s leading manufacturers of mobile phones and their accessories, Huawei is an important developer of telecommunications equipment, especially of material necessary for the new 5G mobile networks, and also of facial recognition systems based on street cameras.