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Company non-response
3 July 2012

Huawei Technologies did not respond to: Pakistan Govt. calls for proposals for internet filtering, blocking system - Pakistan-based NGO Bolo Bhi calls on tech firms not to bid.

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25 April 2012

Lawsuit in NYC vs China, Baidu asks $17.44 mln

Author: Jonathan Stempel, Reuters

Eight New York residents who accused the Chinese government and Baidu...of censoring their pro-democracy writings...asked a U.S. judge for a $17.44 million default judgment. The plaintiffs had contended in a lawsuit filed last May that China and Baidu...

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22 March 2012

Special Report: Chinese firm helps Iran spy on citizens

Author: Steve Stechlow, Reuters

A Chinese telecommunications equipment company has sold Iran's largest telecom firm a powerful surveillance system capable of monitoring landline, mobile and internet communications, interviews and contract documents show. The system was part of a.....

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26 October 2011

Chinese Tech Giant Aids Iran

Author: Steve Stecklow, Farnaz Fassihi & Loretta Chao, Wall Street Journal [USA]

During 2009's demonstrations…Huawei carried out government orders on behalf of its client, MTN Irancell…to suspend text messaging and block the Internet phone service…In…2009, Siemens disclosed that its joint venture with Nokia, NSN, had provided Iran...

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30 August 2011

Firms Aided Libyan Spies: First Look Inside Security Unit Shows How Citizens Were Tracked

Author: Paul Sonne & Margaret Coker, Wall Street Journal

...[A]gents working for Moammar Gadhafi...[spied] on emails and chat messages with the help of technology Libya acquired from the West. The recently abandoned [surveillance] room is lined with posters and...manuals stamped with the name Amesys, a unit...

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Company response
12 July 2011

Response by Huawei Technologies: Human Rights First says companies providing surveillance technology to oppressive regimes in the Middle East contribute to human rights abuses.

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Company non-response
24 November 2010

BYD did not respond to: Cividep raises concerns about working conditions in mobile phone manufacturing plants in Sriperumbudur, near Chennai.

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10 June 2010

Global scourge of corporate buck-passing on workers' rights

Author: Justine Nolan, deputy director of Australian Human Rights Centre, University of New South Wales, in Sydney Morning Herald

As Bhopal and Foxconn show, multinationals can evade responsibility.Twenty-five years [ago]...a deadly gas leak from Union Carbide's [now part of Dow] factory in Bhopal, India, killed more than 3000 people...Which company should be liable? Union...

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