Financial Times, citing four people familiar with the internal discussions, said the U.S. is moving toward imposing heavy sanctions on Hikvision, a Chinese video surveillance firm.

The sanction is related to human rights abuses.

The U.S. has long condemned Beijing for committing genocide.

Washington also accused the company of supplying the Chinese regime with surveillance cameras in persecuting 1 million Uyghurs in north-western region of Xinjiang.

China director at Human Rights Watch, Sophie Richardson told the Financial Times, quote, “If enacted these sanctions are a seismic development.” end-quote

She continued, quote, “We have long called for surveillance technologies to be regulated so that they aren’t deployed by abusive governments. Our research shows that Beijing’s tech-enhanced repression extends both inside and outside China.” end-quote

Hikvision is the world’s largest surveillance equipment maker.

Source told the Financial Times that the U.S. had begun talking with its allies about the move and the sanction consequences as the company has customers in over 180 countries.

The paper cited Top10VPN that Hikvision’s top five international markets are Vietnam, the U.S., Mexico, the U.K., and Brazil.

Last March, Reuter reported that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission had designated five Chinese firms, one of which was Hikvision, as a threat to the U.S. national security.

Huawei, ZTE, Hytera, and Dahua Technology were among those.

Earlier, the U.S. also put the company on the Commerce Department “entity list” in 2020. The action banned it from getting “made in America” U.S. technology.

In March, the U.K. government’s top surveillance official, Fraser Sampson, warned authorities about buying from Hikvision and others profiting from Xinjiang, calling out those who exchange “values for money.”

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