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Chinese tech giants patent instruments to identify and track Uyghurs on the street

Chinese tech giants patent instruments to identify and track Uyghurs on the street

News Highlights: Chinese tech giants patent instruments to identify and track Uyghurs on the street

Chinese technology giants have registered patents for tools that can detect, track and monitor Uyghurs. In a move, fears from human rights organizations could entrench the oppression of the Muslim minority.

The series of patents, filed as early as 2017, was unearthed by IPVM, a video surveillance research firm.

In a report published Tuesday, IPVM discloses a cluster of patents for systems that can be used to analyze images for the presence of Uyghurs, and to connect to ongoing surveillance camera and facial recognition networks.

“We cannot ignore the fact that these technologies have been developed to efficiently perform … brutal suppression,” Rushan Abbas, executive director of the Campaign for Uyghurs rights group, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

The firms were not available for comment, but in responses to IPVM, they denied that the patent applications represented the intended use of their technologies.

United Nations officials have said …

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