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:
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!
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.
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!SIGN HERE
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.Hide extra content...Reveal more...
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.
Both companies have significant links to the Chinese government and have had significant security vulnerabilities exposed.Hide extra content...Reveal more...
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.
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.Hide extra content...Reveal more...
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.