On 16 April 2022 the Daily Telegraph reported that the UK’s Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has banned the purchase of CCTV cameras manufactured by the Chinese-state controlled Hikvision.
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. Utilising advanced artificial intelligence-based technologies, Hikvision cameras are used to discriminate against Tibetans and build a comprehensive surveillance state within Tibet.
Research conducted by Free Tibet and Big Brother Watch has revealed the extent to which Hikvision’s technology is used in the UK. In a race to the bottom to save money, governments and public bodies around the country have purchased the relatively cheap Hikvision products. This means that your tax money is going into Hikvision’s pockets, and helping them to develop more advanced technology to oppress the Tibetan and Uyghur people.
Free Tibet has partnered with friends from other civil society groups to push back against Hikvision’s position in the UK market, with the hope to make the world aware of their crimes and deprive the corporation of a source of income.