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.