Remove security cameras associated with monitoring Uyghurs
Remove security cameras associated with monitoring Uyghurs

Best Buy and Home Depot will not sell Lorex and Ezviz security cameras due to reports that the parent companies of these brands are involved in providing the Chinese government with Uyghur surveillance technology.

According to the US government, Dahua (owner of Lorex Corporation) and Hikvision (owner of Ezviz) are suspected of violating the human rights of Uyghurs in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region.

These companies have reportedly helped provide surveillance equipment to monitor ethnic minorities, including the Uyghurs, a Muslim ethnic group and one of the most persecuted. The Chinese government is accused of sending them to concentration and labor camps.

The United States does not prohibit the sale of Lorex and Ezviz home surveillance cameras and systems. Although the Ministry of Commerce imposes restrictions on the parent company.

However, retail giants Home Depot and Best Buy have removed Lorex and Ezviz cameras from their stores because they are linked to human rights abuses.

Home Depot cited ethical sourcing standards as a reason to remove products from its online store. It is committed to upholding the highest standards in ethical sourcing.

When this caught her attention, she stopped selling Lorex products. A Home Depot spokesperson confirmed that sales of Ezviz products have also been halted. Although Best Buy has stated that it has ended its relationship with Lorex and Ezviz.

These surveillance problems are not limited to security camera companies. The US government is restricting the cooperation of US companies with the drone manufacturer DJI and adding it to the list of companies. Previous reports have raised concerns about the delivery of drones to Xinjiang police.

Camera removed because links infringe Uyghur rights

DJI Consumer Goods are still allowed. However, when it comes to selling DJI products, the company faces a similar ethical dilemma as Lorex.

In a statement to IPVM media focused on surveillance, Dorkun Isa, president of the World Uyghur Congress, said it was unacceptable for US companies to directly help suppress the organization.

This statement can be applied to retailers. This also applies to tech giants such as Apple, Amazon, and Tesla. Binding on suppliers who use forced Uyghur labor.

Although the US government says that China is a genocide of the Uyghurs. An article in the online magazine The Dispatch stated that the United States did not accept a minority group refugee between October 2020 and September 2021.

The report pointed out that it is very difficult to escape from China due to the checkpoints and video surveillance. Regardless of the routine and lack of urgency in granting asylum as a reason for refusal.

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