Hikvision VP On Muslim OppressionBy: John Honovich, Published on May 14, 2019
Hikvision has won tens of millions of dollars, at least, in direct contracts with the Chinese government that oppresses Muslims, including a forced facial recognition project across 967 Mosques. Until now, all Hikvision officials have refused to comment on this.
However, John Xiao, Hikvision VP, Strategic Alliance & Solution did respond, criticizing IPVM:
While Hikvision (created, owned and controlled by the PRC government) makes tens of millions on human rights abusing projects and while they spend millions on US lobbyists and PR firms, IPVM, a US small business, is the one at fault here.
This is consistent with Hikvision's corporate stance, as their 2017 anti-IPVM series of posts made clear:
In pursuit of financial gain and clicks, the self-proclaimed “security industry video surveillance information” blogging site devotes many hours and lots of space to negative posts, unfair commentary and false accusations about Hikvision.
Of course, now in 2019, the situation is much clearer, with the US government ban and numerous lawmakers calling for sanctions of Hikvision over their profiting from such abuses. For example, this speech from a UK MP:
Or this US Congressional hearing calling out Hikvision and Dahua for profiting from human rights abuses:
Torture For Oppressed Muslims
While Hikvision execs like John Xiao can smugly dismiss these concerns, the PRC is conducting systematic torture and murder, as this video describes from a survivor:
Hikvision Corporate Silent
Hikvision declined to officially comment to IPVM on Xiao's post (which he later deleted) nor about Hikvision profiting from human rights abuses.
Moreover, Hikvision has never publicly commented on their Xinjiang projects despite the International outcry, the questions of lawmakers and Hikvision's claims of 'transparency'. To that end, we thank Xiao for showing how disparagingly Hikvision treats those who question the massive, PRC government-owned organization.