Beijing (AP) – Because French football star Antoine Griezmann has canceled his sponsorship contract in protest, Chinese technology giant Huawei wants to talk to the striker about human rights.

The FC Barcelona star ended working with Huawei last week in protest over “a strong suspicion” that Huawei was involved in monitoring the Uyghurs in China’s Xinjiang province.

Griezmann recorded media reports accusing Huawei of contributing to the development of an “Uyghur Alert”. Special facial recognition software must be able to identify members of the Muslim minority.

In a statement, Huawei rejected the allegations. The company invited Griezmann to an interview “at the highest level within the company” to discuss “human rights, equality and discrimination”.

Huawei is against all forms of discrimination, including the use of technology to carry out ethnic discrimination, the statement said.

Experts estimate that up to a million Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Hui or other members of Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region have been sent to re-education camps.

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