"Businesses help China's government abuse rights": Jul 2006 article by Chang Ching-hsi, professor at Natl. Taiwan University

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6 June 2006

Businesses help China's government abuse rights

Author: Chang Ching-hsi, Taipei Times

[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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24 November 2003

Mary Kay Inc. Discontinues Use of Pledge in China that Cites Falun Gong as ‘Illegal’

Author: Falun Dafa Information Center

Mary Kay Inc. has discontinued the use of a pledge that workers in China were required to sign, which categorized Falun Gong as “illegal”...Mary Kay’s letter came three days after [three] Congresspersons...admonish[ed] the company for its use of the pledge, saying that in doing so Mary Kay is playing an “active role” in assisting Chinese authorities in persecuting Falun Gong practitioners in China. “We are glad Mary Kay has revised its pledge,” says Falun Dafa Information Center spokeswoman, Ms. Gail Rachlin. “However, this issue is not just about Mary Kay…the Chinese regime is pressuring many American and other foreign companies doing business in China to adhere to persecutory policies..."

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