EU employees reject use of Chinese large Hikvision’s surveillance gear over Uyghur repression

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Thousands of employees employed on the European Union’s(EU) establishments have rejected the usage of Chinese video surveillance supplier Hikvision applied sciences in gentle of the corporate’s affiliation with China’s human rights abuses and particularly the oppression of tens of millions of Uyghurs.

President Cristiano Sebastiani of the guiding European Institution Trade Union, Renouveau & Democratie, representing hundreds of employees employed within the European workplaces, wrote a letter to Johannes Hahn, Commissioner answerable for Budget and Human Resources for the EU Institutions on Wednesday relating to the thermal imaging programs utilized by the European Commission and the European Parliament, produced by the Chinese automation large Hikvision, in line with a press assertion.

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The Hikvision cameras have been positioned at entrances all through the European Parliament and put in within the European Commission’s most important workplaces, the Berlaymont and Charlemagne buildings, the assertion famous.

The Chinese firm Hikvision has been accused of being linked to the oppression of Uyghurs and different Muslim minorities in East Turkistan, China’s Xinjiang province, together with offering surveillance gear used within the brutal “re-education camps”.

The Chinese govt holds a 40 per cent controlling stake in Hikvision through the state-owned China Electronics Technology Group Corporation.

A leaked German Foreign Ministry report estimates that 1 million Uyghur in China are being detained with out trial. Ethnic Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and members of different Muslim minority teams are also being imprisoned, the report stated.

Sebastiani’ letter comes after German Member of European Parliament (MEP) Reinhard Butikofer, head of the European Parliament delegation to China, denounced that the usage of Hikvision automation by the European establishments as “extremely worrying” since “Hikvision is a technology company which is deeply complicit in the terrible oppression of the Uighur people in Xinjiang which borders on genocide” and that the European establishments ought to “immediately create transparency and draw the adequate consequences: i.e. sever any direct or indirect business relationship with Hikvision.”

Also, Charlie Weimers, Swedish MEP from the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, stated that: “The EU should have no dealings whatsoever with a Chinese firm that is alleged to be involved in some of the most abhorrent human rights abuses in the world” and that “Nobel Prize winners should adhere to a higher standard.”

Svenja Hahn, German MEP from the Renew Europe group, addressed a letter to President European Parliament David Sassoli, saying that she discovered “it outrageous that European taxpayers’ money has been used to purchase monitoring equipment from a company that with their products enables mass surveillance, oppression of minorities and massive breaches of human rights”.

The use of Hikvision automation by the European establishments has provoked robust reactions from EU establishments employees as effectively and so they have expressed their discontent at having to return nose to nose with an organization accused of contributing to human rights violations in China.

Concerning the administration of non-public information, the spokesperson of the European Parliament confirmed that “the equipment is neither connected to the Parliament’s computer network nor records any data”.

[Attribution HT]

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