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19 Mai 2011

Autor:
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Cisco Systems lawsuits (re China)

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Status: ONGOING

Date lawsuit was filed
19 Mai 2011
Unbekannt
Verteidiger der Menschenrechte
Ort der Einreichung: Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika
Ort des Vorfalls: China
Art des Rechtsstreits: Transnational

Unternehmen

AT&T Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Technologie, Telekommunikation & Elektronik
American Express Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Finanzwesen & Banking
Amgen Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Biotechnologie
Arab Bank Israel Finanzwesen & Banking
Amazon.com Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Kleidung & Textilien, Einzelhandel, Internet & Social Media, Technologie: Allgemein, Eilzustellung, Künstliche Intelligenz (KI), Unterhaltung
AirScan Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Sicherheitsfirmen
Bull (part of Atos) Frankreich Technologie, Telekommunikation & Elektronik
Blackwater Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Sicherheitsfirmen
Baidu China Software & Dienstleistungen, Technologie: Allgemein, Internet & Social Media, Finanzwesen & Banking
Bain Capital Ventures Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Finanzwesen & Banking
Cisco Systems Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Technologie, Telekommunikation & Elektronik
Chiquita Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Landwirtschaft & Viehzucht
CACI Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Militär/Verteidigung
Comcast Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Medien & Verlagswesen: Allgemein, Technologie: Allgemein
Chevron Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Öl, Gas & Kohle
Drummond Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Bergbau
Daimler AG Deutschland Automobile & andere Fahrzeuge
ExxonMobil Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Öl, Gas & Kohle
eBay Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Einzelhandel
Meta (formerly Facebook) Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Internet & Social Media, Werbung & Marketing, Technologie: Allgemein
General Electric (GE) Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Erneuerbare energien, Diversifiziert/Konglomerate
Google (part of Alphabet) Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Technologie: Allgemein, Werbung & Marketing, Künstliche Intelligenz (KI), Finanzwesen & Banking, Unterhaltung, Internet & Social Media
Honeywell Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Technologie, Telekommunikation & Elektronik
Hewlett-Packard (HP) Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Technologie, Telekommunikation & Elektronik
Huawei China Technologie, Telekommunikation & Elektronik
Hudbay Minerals Kanada Bergbau
Intel Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Technologie, Telekommunikation & Elektronik
IBM Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Technologie, Telekommunikation & Elektronik
Microsoft Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Technologie: Allgemein, Internet & Social Media
McAfee (part of Intel) Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Software & Dienstleistungen
Nestlé Schweiz Nahrung & Getränke
Occidental Petroleum Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Öl, Gas & Kohle
Pfizer Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Arzneimittel
PayPal Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Finanzwesen & Banking, Technologie: Allgemein, Internet & Social Media
Rio Tinto Vereinigtes Königreich Bergbau
Shell plc Vereinigtes Königreich Öl, Gas & Kohle
TotalEnergies (formerly Total) Frankreich Öl, Gas & Kohle, Energie
X Corp. (formerly Twitter) Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Internet & Social Media, Technologie: Allgemein
United Technologies Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Diversifiziert/Konglomerate
Verizon Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Technologie, Telekommunikation & Elektronik, Unterhaltung
Yahoo! Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Technologie: Allgemein, Internet & Social Media
Travelers Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Versicherungswesen
Netsweeper Kanada Technologie, Telekommunikation & Elektronik
Nexa Technologies (formerly Amesys) Frankreich Militär/Waffen/Sicherheitsausrüstung: Allgemein, Technologie, Telekommunikation & Elektronik
Blue Coat Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika
American Silver (formerly Tahoe Resources) Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Bergbau

Quellen

In 2011 two separate lawsuits were filed in US court against Cisco Systems regarding the company's activities in China. Both sets of plaintiffs allege that Cisco helped the Chinese government build computer systems used to track and prosecute political dissidents. This tracking led to many of the plaintiffs being arrested, arbitrarily detained, tortured, and killed. In 2014, the lawsuits were dismissed. Both judges presiding over the two separate cases cited the claims had a lack of connection with the US to proceed in court.

案例简介:思科系统公司诉讼案(中国)


In mid-2011 two separate lawsuits were filed in US federal court against Cisco Systems and its top executives regarding the company's activities in China. Human Rights Foundation filed a lawsuit on 19 May 2011 in California on behalf of 11 members of the Chinese Falun Gong movement against Cisco and certain of its executives, including CEO John Chambers. The second lawsuit was filed on 6 June 2011 in Maryland on behalf of three jailed Chinese writers. Both sets of plaintiffs allege that Cisco helped the Chinese Government build computer systems used to track and prosecute dissidents.

The lawsuits allege Cisco designed and maintains a censorship network known as the Golden Shield Project, with the understanding that Golden Shield would be used by the Chinese authorities to monitor and access private internet communications, identify anonymous blog authors and to block online publications critical of the Chinese Communist Party. The Falun Gong plaintiffs allege that, by using Cisco's network, the Chinese authorities tracked the online activities of the Falun Gong movement. They allege that some of the Falun Gong members were arrested, arbitrarily detained, tortured and killed, while others disappeared.

The second lawsuit alleges that the defendants' role in creating the Golden Shield enabled the Chinese Government to identify and jail each of the plaintiffs. The writers had each published articles on the internet supporting democracy and human rights and critical of the Chinese Communist Party. Each writer alleges that he was subsequently detained and tortured by the Chinese authorities. They brought the lawsuit under the Alien Tort Statute.

Cisco denies all accusations, claiming it sells the same equipment in China that it sells in other countries around the world.

In February 2014, the judge in the lawsuit filed on behalf of the three jailed Chinese writers dismissed the case ruling that the court lacked jurisdiction. He also found Cisco was not at fault for abuses carried out using the censorship network.

In September 2014, a US federal court dismissed the lawsuit against Cisco over allegations of abetting torture of Falun Gong practitioners in China ruling that the allegations did not have sufficient US ties for a US court to hear the claims under the Alien Tort Claims Act.

In January 2016, NGOs filed an amicus brief that urges a US court of appeals to reinstate the Falun Gong practitioners lawsuit against Cisco.  In April 2017, the plaintiffs in this case asked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to revive the allegations.

In July 2023, the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit reversed the 2014 decision to dismiss the case concerning the Falun Gong practitioners and ruled that the case can move forward to trial. The Court rejected Cisco's argument that domestic corporations cannot be sued under the Alien Tort Statute, a law allowing non-U.S. citizens to bring tort claims that violate international law in U.S. courts. To bring similar cases in the future, plaintiffs must demonstrate that a domestic company engaged in substantial conduct in the U.S. with the knowledge it was enabling human rights violations abroad.


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