China’s Ubiquitous Surveillance, Rights Violations Explored in Panel Discussion

By Susan Korah | Epoch Times

Advanced technological tools that enable the Chinese regime to eavesdrop on smartphone conversations not only in China but also in Canada and other countries is putting regular people under inescapable surveillance, says the director of Human Rights Watch, an organization that champions human rights around the world.

“And the Canadian government is caught like a deer in the headlights,” said the Washington-based Sophie Richardson at a recent panel discussion in Ottawa on the need for Canada to craft new strategies for engaging with an increasingly human-rights violating Chinese regime.

Her co-panelist David Kilgour pointed out that silent tolerance of China’s human rights violations in the name of increased trade and investment has not yielded any economic benefits to Canada. In fact, it has been counterproductive, he noted.