Griezmann Severs Ties With Huawei Over Uighurs

French football star Antoine Griezmann says he is ending his sponsorship deal with Huawei after claims that the Chinese telecoms firm was involved in the surveillance of Muslim Uighurs.
A recent report alleged Huawei had tested facial recognition software that could help police detect Uighurs.
Huawei has strongly denied the claims and told the BBC it was “saddened” by Griezmann’s decision.
China has faced a barrage of criticism over its treatment of the minority.
It is believed that the Chinese government has detained up to a million Uighurs in Xinjiang province in what the state defines as “re-education camps”. Beijing has consistently denied mistreatment and says the camps are designed to stamp out terrorism and improve employment opportunities.
Griezmann, 29, has been a brand ambassador for Huawei since 2017 and has featured prominently in the company’s advertising in France.
“Following strong suspicions that Huawei has contributed to the development of a ‘Uighurs alert’ through the use of facial recognition software, I am immediately ending my partnership with the company,” he said on Instagram.
In a report on Tuesday, US-based surveillance research firm IPVM said Huawei had been involved in testing facial recognition software in China that the authorities could use to detect Uighurs.

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