9 UK MPs Call Out Hikvision Over Human Rights Violations

Author: Charles Rollet, Published on Mar 26, 2019

A group of nine MPs in the UK has released a letter calling out Hikvision for its surveillance deals in Xinjiang and Tibet, alleging Hikvision technology is being used for "sinister" purposes by the Chinese government and urging the UK government to investigate.

The move adds pressure on Hikvision over its deep Xinjiang ties, where it has won huge deals that include advanced cameras for hundreds of mosques and at least two of the notorious 're-education' camps where an estimated one million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities are being detained.

Hikvision (and Dahua) have also come under recent scrutiny over Xinjiang from a lawmaker in Norway, indicating that the political movement against the firms which began when US Congress members urged sanctions last year is spreading.

In this post, we examine the UK letter and its supporters/potential implications, along with the recent Norway development, chiefly:

  • UK Letter Summary
  • Supporters/Background
  • Norway Lawmaker Scrutiny
  • Overall Impact

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