Right now at least a million people are being detained in mass internment camps by the Chinese authorities simply because they’re Muslim.
And yet, Google is currently developing a censored search engine for China.
Google is helping the Chinese government whitewash its brutal human rights record -- and even Google’s own employees are fighting back.
The new app -- dubbed ‘Dragonfly’ -- could be launched in as little as 6 months, but with your help we can show Google it’s unacceptable to profit from the Chinese government’s brutal human right abuses.
Dragonfly will block internet users in China from searching for information about the exiled Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama, and human rights abuses committed by their own government.
And while Google is doing business with Chinese officials, Uyghur Muslims who were-detained in the government’s so-called ‘re-education’ camps report being abused, forced to learn Mandarin and undergo political indoctrination.
Uyghur families are also being forced to welcome Chinese government officials to stay in their homes for up to one week per month. These live-in officials require families to provide detailed information on their personal lives and political views, and subject them to "political education".
Of course, the Chinese government is no stranger to brutal repression. It has committed large scale human rights abuses against the Tibetan people for decades using the same argument -- combating extremism and terrorism -- that it’s using to justify mass detention and surveillance of Uyghur Muslims now.
By choosing to develop Dragonfly, Google is sending a clear message that censorship is okay and is endorsing the Chinese government’s crackdown against freedom of speech, online freedom and other human rights.
According to conservative estimates, there are at least 2,000 political prisoners in Tibet. Tibetans are arrested, beaten and imprisoned for acts as small as blogging about human rights, and protests are routinely broken up with violence. Torture is widespread.
In mainland China too, extensive monitoring of the internet has resulted in hundreds of people being arrested and imprisoned for discussing democracy and human rights online. Rights defenders and critics of the government are routinely tortured and detained for lengthy periods. Several political prisoners have died in Chinese custody in recent years, among them Nobel Peace Laureate and Chinese democracy activist Liu Xiaobo.
With Dragonfly, Google is serving to legitimise the repressive regime of the Chinese government and support the limiting of civil and political freedoms.