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ICT asks German company Bosch for information on its involvement in China Surveillance and Security Fair

October 31, 2014

The International Campaign for Tibet has called upon German company Bosch to release information about the products it was selling at a major surveillance and security fair, China International Exhibition on Public Safety and Security, in Beijing from October 28 to 31. In a letter to Bosch sent on October 27, 2014, the International Campaign for Tibet asked Bosch CEO Volkmar Denner whether they made a Human Rights Impact Assessment prior to the decision to participate in the Fair. So far ICT has not received a reply.

Kai Mueller, Executive Director of the International Campaign for Tibet in Germany, said: “The Chinese Communist Party-state seeks to cover up its repression and has deepened surveillance in order to maintain its authoritarian rule, but a German company should not be complicit. There has to be a red line. Bosch should not be endorsing the ethos of this event in Beijing, which is not in line with its corporate guidelines.”

Bosch’s participation in the Fair comes at a time when the Chinese government is cracking down on civil society and suppressing dissent. In order to assert the Chinese Communist Party’s dominance and control, the Beijing authorities have stepped up their attempts to crush dissent against one-Party rule and expand their attack on civil society. The Chinese authorities are using an aggressive ‘counter-terrorism’ drive to Tibet, as part of a larger effort taking place in Eastern Turkestan (Chinese: Xinjiang) and across China, to intensify militarization on the plateau and in an attempt to legitimize a harsher approach to peaceful Tibetan dissent.

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Escalation of surveillance over monks as authorities announce opening of police stations in Tibetan monasteries

June 20, 2014

  • In a further escalation of state surveillance and intervention in Tibet, the establishment of five police offices in monasteries in a Tibetan area of Gansu was announced this week, with an official report stating that it was part of a “recent focus on policing monasteries”. In Labrang (Sangchu, Chinese: Xiahe), Gansu, where a number of self-immolations have occurred, the authorities announced that 24 police stations had been set up in monasteries.
  • The new offices are part of a rollout of plans announced after 2008 for construction of police stations in Tibetan monasteries, under Chinese policies of placing almost every monastery in Tibet under direct government rule and intensifying Party presence in both rural and urban Tibetan areas.
  • The increased securitization is heightening tensions, with Tibetans expressing particular despair and resentment about the intrusive nature of security forces in religious institutions.
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Chinese authorities institute Internet ID card system in Tibet for online surveillance

(ICT) Kathmandu – A new Internet surveillance system was instituted in Lhasa in 2003 requiring residents to use an individual registration number and an associated password in order to access the Internet via Internet Explorer or other portals or to send and receive email at public cyber cafes. This is the latest known information monitoring […]

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