Human rights activists condemn Huawei, the world's largest telecom producer, reportedly manufacturing “Uighur alarm” for the Chinese Communist Party

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Huawei, a manufacturer of AI, could alert CCP authorities of Uighurs and their locations. 
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(Shenzhen, Guangdong Province—Dec. 12, 2020) On December 8, the Washington Post reported that an internal report by Huawei* revealed the AI developer recently tested its face-scanning system which could trigger a “Uighur alarm” alerting police when detecting a member of [or someone resembling] a member of the Uighur minority group. This development regarding Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., a Chinese multinational technology company headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong, the world's largest telecom maker, sparks activists' concerns that the software could further fuel China’s brutal government crackdown on Uighurs.

Currently, reports regarding Uighur Muslims** warn that Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials have detained up to one million Uighurs in detention and “reeducation” camps, targeting them for “genocide.” Torture at the centers includes prisoners being subjected to rapes, medical experiments, and Uighur women forced to undergo sterilizations.

July 14, BBC News warned about Huawei, the world's second-largest smartphone supplier after Samsung, surpassing Apple and others, with 18% of the market:

At the heart of the debate is a simple question: can the West trust Huawei or will using its equipment leave communication networks, and our own mobile phones, vulnerable?...

The US says Huawei could be used by China for spying, via its 5G equipment. It points to Ren [Zhengfei’s] … background [served in CCP army and current member of the party], and Huawei's role in communications networks to argue it represents a security risk.

July 20, BBC News reported:

… the UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab accused China of "gross and egregious" human rights abuses against the Uighurs. The reports of forced sterilisation [sic] and wider persecution of the ethnic group were "reminiscent of something not seen for a long time.” 

Huawei’s recent developments manufacturing/testing a “Uighur alarm” for the CCP merit and validate human rights activists’ protests. They may also serve to “test” and warrant the world’s attention to the CCP’s crusade against Uighurs, as well as their atrocious persecution of this minority group of humans. 

*Huawei acknowledged that this report exists but removed the document from its website.
**Muslim minority group primarily living in the Xinjiang province in northwestern China. 

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