New Zealand Ministry Excludes Hikvision Over Human Rights Abuses

By Charles Rollet, Published Aug 11, 2022, 08:35am EDT (Info+)

A government ministry in New Zealand has publicly announced that it will "exclude" Hikvision from procurement over its involvement in human rights abuses.

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The move comes after scrutiny of Hikvision's New Zealand presence, with local media finding the cameras being used by several New Zealand authorities.

The exclusion marks the first time a national government agency bans Hikvision based explicitly on human rights abuses with existing Hikvision bans in the US, UK, Australia, and Taiwan attributed to national security.

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