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Research by Free Tibet and its partner Tibet Watch has found that Hikvision is widespread in Tibet, including in prisons, detention centres, on the border and in other public institutions.
Gradually, as further research and investigative scrutiny proved beyond doubt the role of Hikvision’s intrusive surveillance cameras in the persecution of Uyghur Muslims in East Turkestan, as well as in Tibet, journalists, members of parliament and the UK public took increasing notice.
Over the past year and a half, Free Tibet, working alongside groups like Big Brother Watch and Stop Uyghur Genocide, has carried out a series of targeted actions on the ground and in media ensuring that the spotlight focused on Hikvision.
The continued scrutiny on the company, our online actions and our joint targeted actions at Hikvision’s offices have resulted in a series of campaign successes, including government bodies such as the Department of Work and Pensions retiring use of the cameras. It is also likely to have contributed to the news in August that the company had seen an 11% drop in profits for the first half of the current financial year.
The campaign has been driven by thousands of actions by Free Tibet supporters, growing media coverage of our research and increased discussion of Hikvision in parliament.