An explosive Buzzfeed report has revealed that leading American institutions like Duke, MIT, Princeton, and the Rockefeller Foundation are possibly linked to surveillance companies enabling the Chinese government’s brutal crackdown on Muslim and other minorities.
Buzzfeed’s reporting uncovered that these institutions’ endowments invest in firms that back Chinese technology companies Sensetime and Megvii, whose facial recognition technology has enabled the Chinese regime’s ongoing crackdown on Muslim minorities. Hundreds of thousands of Uyghur Muslims under surveillance have been forced into dystopian “re-education camps” where their religious and cultural identity is systematically attacked. The reports about what goes on in these camps keep getting more and more horrific. Organs are harvested from detainees while spouses back home are sometimes forced to share living quarters and even beds with male Chinese officials. Meanwhile, mosques are also destroyed, and Arabic script is banned in public. Other minorities are caught up in this, too.
Mainstream American institutions should not be enabling such intolerance. Unfortunately, Duke, MIT, Princeton, and Rockefeller refused comment to Buzzfeed or NTC on their investments in Chinese surveillance. All four have mission statements claiming to foster freedom, tolerance, and understanding across the globe. These principles should permeate every aspect of their operations, including their finances.
Tell these leading American organizations to stop enabling intolerance. Encourage them to put their core values ahead of their bottom-line, and in the process, send an important message to the Chinese regime that their systematic crackdown on minorities will not be met with silence.