Chinese company denies human rights violations after US sanctions
Three units of BGI are among the list of Chinese companies that were put on the ‘Entity List’ last week. Companies on this list are barred from acquiring US technology on security or human rights grounds.
BGI Group, one of the world’s largest genetics analysis companies, on Saturday said it will never indulge in human rights violations. The US government had earlier said that there is a danger that some of its units may come under Chinese surveillance. Three units of BGI are among the list of Chinese companies that were put on the ‘Entity List’ last week. Companies on this list are barred from acquiring US technology on security or human rights grounds.
The US Department of Commerce cited a threat that BGI Group could contribute to (China’s) technology surveillance. Human rights/social activists say that China is trying to create a database of genetic information on Muslims and other minorities. The Chinese government on Friday accused the US of unfairly targeting Chinese companies. BGI said its services are only for civil and scientific purposes. The headquarters of this company is located in Shenzhen city of China. The BGI Group said in an emailed response to questions that the US decision “is likely due to disinformation and we are willing and able to provide clarification.” The group did not mention Uyghurs or other Muslim minorities. He didn’t, but he has previously denied that he provided technology to monitor them. The company said, “BGI Group does not believe it (the allegation) and will never indulge in any human rights violation.”
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