Technology companies that enable human rights abuses in Xinjiang should be sanctioned. It’s unconscionable that some U.S. technology companies and investors have put profits over people by continuing to sell technology to the Chinese government. Even if companies didn’t know the nefarious uses of their technologies when they first sold them to the Chinese government, they do now — and should be sanctioned if they continue selling their technologies to the Chinese government knowing how they’re used.
It’s not clear that the Chinese government’s actions in Xinjiang constitute human rights abuses. Governments are well within their rights to use surveillance tools and other technologies to ensure their citizens’ safety and ensure public law and order. Companies shouldn’t be punished for selling their products to willing buyers, and shouldn’t be held liable for how their technologies are used (or abused) by buyers.