A Friday evening New York Times article reported that new evidence has been discovered that Cisco Systems, Inc. specifically tailored its products for use by the Chinese Communist Party to monitor and apprehend its citizens.
The Human Rights Law Foundation, an advocacy group involved in Doe v. Cisco, an Alien Tort Statute lawsuit brought against Cisco on behalf of a number of Falun Gong practitioners, announced Friday that it has new evidence that Cisco Systems, Inc. specifically tailored its products for use by the Chinese Communist Party to monitor and apprehend Falun Gong practitioners.
This evidence, if authenticated, would eviscerate Cisco’s position (as stated by their General Counsel, Mark Chandler) that “Cisco does not supply equipment to China that is customized in any way to facilitate blocking of access or surveillance of users.” and that “We have never customized our equipment to help the Chinese government—or any government—censor content, track Internet use by individuals or intercept Internet communications.”
There is no doubt there is more evidence out there regarding Cisco’s ongoing support of the Chinese Communist Party’s continued oppression of its citizens. If you have any information, please do not hesitate to contact Daniel Ward. Any such communications will be kept confidential.
Let Cisco Systems know that their continued and knowing support of the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to violate the human rights of peaceful political dissidents like Du Daobin, Zhou Yuanzhi, and Liu Xianbin will no longer be tolerated. Contact your elected representatives, let them know how you feel. Finally, if you haven’t already done so, sign the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s petition– Tell Cisco: Stop helping China abuse human rights!.