Lawsuit accuses Cisco of aiding Chinese repression

Cisco Systems is to help a monitoring system to track the Chinese government and eventually eliminating the members of the Falun Gong spiritual movement, submitted in accordance with an action against the group of network equipment manufacturers.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose, says Cisco supply and maintain a monitoring system as “Golden Shield”, should the Chinese government to monitor and censor the Internet group known activities. As a result of Cisco technology, members of the Falun Gong illegal detention, torture and death were in accordance with the action on behalf of the religious group in Washington, DC, filed Human Rights Law Foundation.

The 52-page lawsuit names President and CEO John Chambers, and two other executives as defendants and seeks undetermined compensatory and punitive damages and prohibit illegal activity Cisco more.

A Cisco spokesman said there was “no reason” for the allegations of the complaint and that the company intends to defend the lawsuit “vigorously.”

“Cisco does not operate networks in China or elsewhere, or Cisco fit our products in any manner to facilitate censorship or repression,” the representative said in a statement that the company sells the same equipment in China is in other United Nations sold in compliance with the provisions of the U.S. government.

Falun Gong is described in the claim as a religious peace movement about 7-10000000 followers, founded in 1992 and uses the Internet as their main point of assembly for religious activities. However, the Chinese government began to see the group as a political threat and developed a plan to the Falun Gong in the country in 1999 purge, as needed.

The lawsuit, class action status will, claims that the Golden Shield – in marketing materials is described as Policenet Cisco – led to the arrest of more than 5,000 members of Falun Gong. Cisco “competed aggressively” to contracts for the design of the Golden Shield “with full knowledge that it would be used for the suppression of Falun Gong religion,” the lawsuit.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of 11 described plaintiffs, torture and even death at the hands of the Chinese government. The complaint contained eight plaintiffs anonymously to avoid “further retaliation and human rights violations.” Liu Guifu, the State of New York, and Charles Lee, an American citizen who traveled to China in 2003 and was arrested at the airport and tortured until his release in 2006, Ivy him to Canada: three plaintiffs are identified by name.