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EFF Takes On Cisco's Role In China 84

Posted by Soulskill
from the technolegal-quagmires dept.
decora writes "Several years ago, writer Du Daobin posted several essays on the internet, protesting such things as unfair taxes and the corruption of the media. He was then charged with 'inciting subversion of state power,' arrested, and after many legal twists and turns, tortured in prison. Daobin, along with several other dissidents with similar stories, decided to sue Cisco Systems (PDF) earlier this year under the legal theory that it aided and abetted China's violation of the Torture Victim Protection Act of 1991. As the case moves forward, the Chinese Ministry of Public Security has stepped up its surveillance, harassment, and interrogation of Daobin and the others. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has now joined the Laogai Research Foundation to draw attention to the case. As part of its opening move, it has asked Cisco to make public statements in support of human rights, hoping that the company's influence with the Chinese government will provide some modicum of protection for the threatened dissidents."
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EFF Takes On Cisco's Role In China

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  • by Reverand Dave (1959652) on Thursday August 25, 2011 @10:57AM (#37206482)
    I think it's time we stop letting companies off the hook for helping to subvert freedoms as a course of just doing business. If we allow corporations to just keep walking over our freedoms and violating human rights, just to make a buck or because it's what their customers order they need to be held to account in the same fashion as war criminals and other international criminals. If we are going to berate and sanction china for suppressing freedom, then why are we allowing the people who created the tools that allow them to do it walk away like they had nothing to do with it. If we discourage companies from acting in an anti freedom fashion then perhaps they will think twice about doing it and investors will think twice about investing in them.
  • by MetalliQaZ (539913) on Thursday August 25, 2011 @11:03AM (#37206582)

    "At Cisco, we strive to provide excellent products and services in the network backbone and infrastructure space. Our company philosophy discourages all forms of discrimination, violence and abuse, including human rights abuses. Although we will never condone the suppression of free speech, or torturing of political prisoners, we are bound to the laws of any country in which we operate. Cisco recognizes the law of the land and will act accordingly."

    In other words, we aren't taking a stand. You can forget about that that, buster.
    They can say lots of things without saying anything.

  • by ElectricTurtle (1171201) on Thursday August 25, 2011 @12:04PM (#37207492)
    Ah yes, the evil of inequality vs the supposed good goal of equality, which stipulates that it doesn't matter if the poor are made poorer so long as the rich are less rich. And anybody who disagrees with that ideological nonsense will be ignored. Good show, old bean.

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