A human rights complaint against Swiss bank UBS over its ties to controversial surveillance firm Hikvision will be taken forward by the Swiss National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (NCP).
Last year, NGO Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) used the OECD’s human rights grievance system to file a complaint against UBS for its financial links with Hikvision, which is accused of playing a key role in the detention of the Uighur Muslism community in Western China.
Public awareness of the plight of the community is growing globally. On Wednesday, newly-confirmed US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, said: “My judgement remains that genocide is commited against the Uyghurs, and that hasn’t changed.”
Last month, video surveillance information hub IPVM reported that Hikvision had registered patents for tools that can detect, track and monitor Uyghurs as far back as 2017. At least a million Uyghurs have been d…