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6 Sep 2011

Asher Moses, Sydney Morning Herald

New evidence links Cisco to jailing and torture of Chinese

A human rights group suing Cisco for aiding the tracking and torture of people in China claims it has new evidence proving the tech giant tailored its technology to specifically enable these abuses. If accepted by the court, the revelations, including that Cisco trained Chinese officials in how to surveil net users, could prove damning for the company, which has always claimed it has done no more than sell stock standard technology to the regime. The Human Rights Law Foundation...filed its suit against Cisco in May under a law that allows US companies to be sued for violations of human rights committed abroad. The suit accuses Cisco...of aiding the Chinese government in monitoring and jailing members of the banned Falun Gong by helping to develop the “Golden Shield Project”...Cisco...would not comment on the new claims filed...other than to say it was assessing the material. [also refers to Facebook, Twitter]

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USA: Human Rights Law Foundation presents new evidence in lawsuit against Cisco alleging company's technology enabled Chinese Govt. in abuses of Falun Gong members

Cisco Systems lawsuits (re China)