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Chinese Authorities Investigate Foxconn Suicide

Earlier this week, word got out that a Foxconn employee in charge of 16 next generation iPhones committed suicide because of the interrogation methods he suffered after he lost one of the devices. Today reports say that the security official responsible has been turned over to the Chinese authorities.

Foxconn released a statement earlier in the week that said the security official involved may have used inappropriate techniques when it came to interrogating 25 year old Sun Danyong. These included searching the man's house, holding him in solitary confinement and possibly physical abuse. The company apologized and said the employee had been suspended without pay pending an investigation.

According to Bloomberg, Foxconn's parent company Hon Hai Inc. has turned the case over to authorities. Apple has also released a statement on the matter. “We are saddened by the tragic loss of this employee," Steve Dowling, a spokesman for Cupertino, California-based Apple said. “We require that our suppliers treat all workers with dignity and respect.”

  • LATTEH
    thats just wrong
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  • neon neophyte
    scramble scramble. media alert media alert. *emergency raid horn sounds*

    im sure the interrogation techniques werent too much *while* they were being applied.
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  • Hanin33
    Steve Dowling, a spokesman for Cupertino, California-based Apple said. “We require that our suppliers treat all workers with dignity and respect.”

    right... as long as we can pay them next to nothing and expose them to hazardous working conditions!
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  • Crashman
    Wow! Er...Foxconn is going to have to explain its position a little better if it doesn't want a consumer boycott.
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  • brendano257
    Hmmm....Chinese definition of investigate=make everyone involved "disappear"...
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  • doomtomb
    Boycott Foxconn
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  • amnotanoobie
    CrashmanWow! Er...Foxconn is going to have to explain its position a little better if it doesn't want a consumer boycott.
    Aside from the motherboards and video cards(?) Foxconn products involves things such as the cpu cover on brand new intel mobos, i think even the connectors on mobos, prata cables, the stock cpu fan of intel cpus, etc. They're pretty much like the Bosche of computers, they're at every nook and cranny (well almost). It'd be almost impossible to boycott them completely.

    * Though Foxconn is probably at fault on these grounds.
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  • f-gomes
    Don't get me wrong, but I think there is another side to dhis story. Come on, as harsh as he conditions ma be, that guy wouldn't kill imself just because he was wrongfuly accused. Either he was guilty and killed himself out of shame, or he must have been psichologicaly unbalanced. A normal person would take the punch, prove his innocence, and then sue the freaking company for morale damage.
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  • hmmm... maybe meant too look like a suicide... huh smarty pants (f-gomes) :) j/k

    By any stretch of the imagination, this is horible. Has NDAs come to this? wow.
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  • BMFM
    Don't get me wrong, but I think there is another side to dhis story. Come on, as harsh as he conditions ma be, that guy wouldn't kill imself just because he was wrongfuly accused. Either he was guilty and killed himself out of shame, or he must have been psichologicaly unbalanced. A normal person would take the punch, prove his innocence, and then sue the freaking company for morale damage.

    China has continuously refused to sign the Bill of Rights so far. That said, while your train of thought can’t be refuted completely, it cannot be embraced as well.

    As for an employee suing a company… in China… That’s a much more messy discussion not worth to get into right now.
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