China’s repressive rule in Tibet has taken a sinister new turn: police are now systematically taking DNA samples from Tibetans, including children as young as five.
As many as 1.2 million Tibetans have had DNA samples taken to build a sweeping genetic database that will add to Beijing’s growing surveillance capabilities, giving China unprecedented power to monitor Tibetans, violate their privacy and persecute them.
Aiding and abetting this mass DNA plunder is Thermo Fisher Scientific, a global company, that has signed a series of sales agreements with police forces in occupied Tibet to supply them with DNA kits and other technical support.
Sign this petition asking CEO Marc Casper to end this deadly deal with China immediately!
Dear Marc Casper,
We are alarmed that Thermo Fisher Scientific is supplying Chinese police forces in occupied Tibet with DNA testing kits and other support. We urge you to publicly announce an end to these agreements, which pose a dangerous new threat to Tibetans living under occupation.
Occupied Tibet is already one of the most repressive and closely monitored places in the world. One of the most worrying developments in recent years has been the Chinese authorities’ policy of mass DNA collection, which has seen police collect DNA samples from as many as 1.2 million Tibetans, including children as young as five.
There can be no justification for this policy; it is wildly disproportionate in its scale, discriminates against Tibetans and hands the Chinese government and police unfettered power to carry out yet more human rights abuses against Tibetans.
So long as these sales continue, Thermo Fisher Scientific is choosing to assist in the monitoring and persecution of millions of Tibetans. For this reason we urge you to show the courage to correct this grave mistake, listen to Tibetans and put an end to these agreements.