Edinburgh City Council to remove all Hikvision cameras

In yet another win for our campaign to get Hikvision out of the UK, Edinburgh CIty Council committed to removing Hikvision surveillance cameras from the city by next year.

The City of Edinburgh Council is the latest public body to commit to removing all Hikvision cameras from the public realm. 

In response to Councillor Lewis Younie’s question to the Leader of the Council at the full Council meeting on 27 October, Edinburgh City Council answered: “Following completion of the public realm CCTV upgrade project, there will be no HikVision cameras present on the public realm network. The public realm project is due to be completed by February 2023.”

With this commitment, the City of Edinburgh Council joined the likes of the UK government’s Department of Health and Social Care, and the Department for Work and Pensions in banning Hikvision surveillance technologies in their networks. 

Despite Hikvision being one of the biggest manufacturers of CCTV cameras in the world, awareness of the company and its complicity in Chinese government human rights abuses has only grown in recent years following campaigning and awareness raising by Free Tibet and organisations like Big Brother Watch. 


Following completion of the public realm CCTV upgrade project, there will be no HikVision cameras present on the public realm network.
– City of Edinburgh Council

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.

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