Hikvision internal review found Xinjiang contracts targeted Uyghurs

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  • Details: Prosper gave a talk on human rights compliance, which the company referred to as a "training" in an emailed statement to Axios, to Hikvision’s Australian company partners at the Hikvision Australia Global ESG Conference held near Sydney last month.
  • Prosper's remarks contain previously unknown details from his report's findings.What they're saying: “As a global company, Hikvision takes human rights seriously and recognizes our social responsibilities.
  • Background: In January 2019, as scrutiny of the company's Xinjiang operations grew, Hikvision hired Richard-Pierre Prosper, a lawyer and former U.S. ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues in the George W. Bush administration, to conduct an internal investigation of its Xinjiang contracts.
  • What to watch: In February, Hikvision sued the U.S. government and the FCC over a ban restricting the sale of Hikvision products in the U.S.
  • Prosper is currently a lawyer for D.C.-based legal and lobbying firm ArentFox Schiff.
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