In response to a joint letter from Big Brother Watch, Free Tibet, Hong Kong Watch, and Stop Uyghur Genocide, the UK supermarket chain Morrisons has joined Tesco in pledging to end their use of Hikvision cameras.
Technology tested on Tibetans, and bought using your tax money.
Hikvision, one of the largest manufacturers of CCTV cameras in the world, looms over Tibet.
The company behind this threat is controlled by the Chinese government, and the technology that they have developed is extremely sophisticated. Utilising advanced artificial intelligence-based technologies, Hikvision cameras are used to discriminate against Tibetans and build a comprehensive surveillance state.
The extent of Hikvision’s surveillance over Tibet remains unknown. They proudly advertise their role in providing cameras to the controversial Qinghai-Tibet Railway, which has had devastating environmental impacts and allows for the rapid deployment of soldiers to the disputed Indo-Tibetan border. There is also strong evidence that Hikvision supplied equipment that created the ‘iron grid’ surveillance system in Lhasa, which saw the Tibetan capital divided into sections patrolled by Communist Party officials with a police station every 500m.
Hikvision’s surveillance equipment is not just complicit in the Chinese Government’s human rights abuses; they are entwined at the very core of Chinese state surveillance.