Ban Hikvision

CCTV cameras implicated in grave human rights abuses in China
are watching and tracking your everyday movements



Surveillance cameras made by companies linked to crimes against humanity watch millions of people every day in the UK. Hikvision and Dahua facilitate Chinese government’s persecution to the Uyghurs, from forced sterilisation in "re-education camps" to violent torture.

These companies have thousands of cameras in schools, hospitals and on high streets across the UK. They are violating human rights abroad and must be banned in the UK.


Almost 70 parliamentarians (10 Conservative, 25 Labour, 23 Lib Dems, 3 SNP, 2 Green, 4 Crossbench) have called on the government to ban Chinese state-owned surveillance camera companies. They have also urged the government to instigate an urgent review of modern CCTV cameras in the UK. MPs and Peers from Labour, the Liberal Democrats, Conservative and Scottish National Party have signed a pledge:

"We call for a ban on the sale and operation of Hikvision and Dahua surveillance equipment in the UK and condemn their involvement in technology-enabled human rights abuses in China. We call on the Government to commission an independent national review of the scale, capabilities, ethics and rights impact of modern CCTV in the UK."

Rights groups René Cassin, Stop Uyghur Genocide, Free Tibet and Hong Kong Watch have also joined the call. It's now incumbent on the government to listen to parliamentarians, human rights campaigners across the globe and the public, and #BanHikvision!

Name Party
Steve Baker MP Conservative Party
David Davis MP Conservative Party
Damian Green MP Conservative Party
Andrew Rosindell MP Conservative Party
Sir Charles Walker MP Conservative Party
Andrew Bowie MP Conservative Party
Nusrat Ghani MP Conservative Party
Baroness Morrissey Conservative Party
Lord Bethell Conservative Party
Lord Strathcarron Conservative Party
Diane Abbott MP Labour
Baroness Chakrabarti Labour
Lord Hendy Labour
Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws Labour
John McDonnell MP Labour
Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate Labour
Lord Hain Labour
Lord Sikka Labour
Lord Browne of Ladyton Labour
Clive Lewis MP Labour
Ian Byrne MP Labour
Kim Johnson MP Labour
Dan Carden MP Labour
Kate Osborne MP Labour
Nadia Whittome MP Labour
Andy McDonald MP Labour
Mick Whitley MP Labour
Rachael Maskell MP Labour
Navendu Mishra MP Labour
Lord Davies of Brixton Labour
Lord Rooker Labour
Baroness Blower Labour
Baroness Lister of Burtersett Labour
Chris Bryant MP Labour
Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP Labour
Sir Ed Davey MP Liberal Democrats
Layla Moran MP Liberal Democrats
Wendy Chamberlain MP Liberal Democrats
Sarah Olney MP Liberal Democrats
Christine Jardine MP Liberal Democrats
Munira Wilson MP Liberal Democrats
Sarah Green MP Liberal Democrats
Lord Purvis of Tweed Liberal Democrats
Lord Clement-Jones Liberal Democrats
Lord Storey Liberal Democrats
Lord Tope Liberal Democrats
Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville Liberal Democrats
Baroness Thomas of Winchester Liberal Democrats
Baroness Harris of Richmond Liberal Democrats
Baroness Ludford Liberal Democrats
Lord Stoneham of Droxford Liberal Democrats
Lord Wallace of Saltaire Liberal Democrats
Lord Stunell Liberal Democrats
Lord Scriven Liberal Democrats
Wera Hobhouse MP Liberal Democrats
Alistair Carmichael MP Liberal Democrats
Lord Strasburger Liberal Democrats
Baroness Brinton Liberal Democrats
Caroline Lucas MP Green Party
Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb Green Party
Alyn Smith MP SNP
Carol Monaghan MP SNP
Joanna Cherry QC MP SNP
Lord Bishop of St Albans Crossbench
Lord Curry of Kirkharle Crossbench
Baroness Young of Hornsey Crossbench
Lord Alton Crossbench
Big Brother Watch
Rene Cassin
Stop Uyghur Genocide
Free Tibet
Hong Kong Watch


Our latest report reveals in stark detail how Hikvision and Dahua dominate the UK’s public sector CCTV networks.

Based on thousands of Freedom of Information requests, our new report ‘Who's Watching You? The dominance of Chinese state-owned CCTV in the UK’ blows the lid off China’s growing surveillance presence in our country.

These intrusive, advanced surveillance capabilities are being quietly normalised in the UK. That means not only is our privacy and security at risk in an increasingly dystopian surveillance state - but British taxpayers' money is funding companies implicated in genocide and modern slavery in China.

Read the report by clicking here or on the image above


The power to stop the UK from expanding into a greater surveillance state operated by oppressive tech lies in YOUR hands.

We’ve launched a petition calling for a ban on the sale of Hikvision cameras in the UK. The British public should not be watched by advanced CCTV cameras involved in some of the greatest crimes against humanity of our time; nor should UK taxpayers be funding companies responsible for these technology-enabled human rights abuses. Take action!



1. Tech-enabled human rights abuses

Hikvision and Dahua provide the CCTV technology that guards concentration camps in Xinjiang, China and provide the backbone for the government-backed mass surveillance and persecution of broadly Muslim minorities.

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Public records show they have signed co-operation agreements with local governments, developed racist AI-driven cameras that profile and flag Uyghurs to the authorities. The Beijing regime holds large stakes in both companies.

These companies enable the atrocities in Xinjiang - and the same technology is being used by public and private bodies across the UK.

Whilst the rest of the world is turning its back on these dangerous companies, UK taxpayers are funding them to build a surveillance state at home.

2. Security risks

Both companies have significant links to the Chinese government and have had significant security vulnerabilities exposed.

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On multiple occasions high-risk flaws in both Dahua and Hikvision have been exposed that could have left thousands of CCTV cameras in the UK open to hackers. Cybersecurity experts across Europe and the US have warned of serious security risks with the cameras.

Researchers in Italy found Hikvision cameras were sending unauthorised signals to servers, which were then traced back to China. Hikvision had no explanation for their cameras communicating with China.

3. Dystopian surveillance state

On most new Hikvision and Dahua cameras, “smart” features powered by algorithms and AI are sold as standard, from behavioural analysis to face and gender recognition.

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High-tech cameras sell for less than £200 and are staring to make automated video surveillance a normal part of life in the UK.

Pushing back against these companies introducing sci-fi surveillance features into everyday life is vital to defend our privacy, to roll back Britain’s CCTV state, and to stand in solidarity with China's ethnic minorities who face persecution and genocide.