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Is my phone powered by child labour?


    Children in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) inhale toxic dust as they mine the cobalt that powers the batteries we rely on for our phones and laptops. Yet electronics manufacturers – global brands including Apple and Samsung – won’t tell us if their cobalt supply chains are tainted by child labour. They have a responsibility to do so –to check for and address child labour in their supply chains, setting an example for the rest of the industry to follow.


    1. Send an online letter to Apple
    2. Put a "Warning: May contain child labour" sticker on your cell phone. Order stickers here.  
    3. Take a "selfie" or ask a friend to take a photo of you holding a sign with a personal message to your cell phone company. Email it to us at, or Tweet the photo using the hashtag #notinmyphone. Amnesty will use the photos to create a giant poster that we will send to the companies. The message on your sign might say "Does my phone contain cobalt mined by children?"
    4. Share the campaign on Facebook
    5. Retweet our Tweet.
    6. Collect signatures on a print petition to Apple / Samsung.
    7. Are you youth, a parent, teacher or care giver? Here is a Lifesaver action specifically for youth.
    8. Volunteer with Amnesty's Business and Human Rights program. Email


    1. Watch this short video (1.5 minutes) or long video (8 minutes)
    2. Read Amnesty's full report "This is what we die for: Human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo power the global trade in cobalt"
    3. Read Amnesty's news release.