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Leaked documents link Huawei to China's oppression of Uyghurs

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Huawei has been involved in building technology for labor and re-education camps in 'Xinjiang' (Uyghurstan / East Turkistan), according to PowerPoint presentations obtained and translated by The Washington Post. The metadata in the files places them anywhere between 2014 and 2020. 

 

The report shows how the company has likely been involved in the persecution against Uyghurs and Kazakhs. The Washington Post says it obtained the PowerPoints from a public Huawei site before the company took them down. 

 

One of the slides describes Huawei’s products being the foundation of the smart prisons unified platform. Another slide mentions how public security forces in Ürümqi have used facial recognition to catch fugitives. 

 

In 2020, a Verge reported on Huawei’s work on facial recognition and how it sends an alert if it identifies someone as an Uyghur.