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Businesses help China's government abuse rights

Author: Chang Ching-hsi, Taipei Times, Published on: 6 June 2006

[T]he Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is now "globalizing" its clampdown on human rights...First, the CCP...entice[s] the international community to help it suppress human rights. Companies such as Yahoo, Google, Microsoft and Skype [part of eBay] have agreed to install keyword software to enable the filtering out of unwanted information from their networks...The second part consists of a clampdown on human rights by multinational companies themselves. In 2003, the US cosmetics firm Mary Kay and German carmaker Volkswagen gave in to the CCP's demands that they fire anyone practicing Falun Gong in the work place...The Chinese government...[uses] its system of labor reformation camps and prisons...[to produce p]roducts...[that] are exported to 13 countries and regions, including the US, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, New Zealand and Southeast Asia...The third part...[is] to gain control of Chinese-language media around the world and turn them into CCP mouthpieces...There are, of course, improvements...[such as] the US recently called Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Cisco Systems to a congressional hearing to answer to suspicions that they are assisting China's human-rights abuses.

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Related companies: Cisco Systems eBay Google (part of Alphabet) Mary Kay Microsoft Skype (part of Microsoft) Volkswagen Yahoo! (part of Verizon)