Tibetan DNA

Global Week of Action 2023 - China - hands off Tibetan's DNA

China's New Attack on Tibet: Stealing Tibetan DNA!

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.

Tibetan activists learnt that US-based company Thermo Fisher was aiding and abetting this mass stealing of Tibetans’ DNA by allowing its DNA test kits to be supplied to police in occupied Tibet.

After over a year of campaigning, the company agreed to end sales to Tibet as of 31 December 2023.

This was an enormous win for the community and its allies! Now we turn our attention to ensuring that Thermo Fisher Keeps its promise.

CAMPAIGN WIN: THERMO FISHER ENDS ALL SALES OF DNA KITS IN TIBET!

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#HandsOffTibetanDNA

A crucial discussion on China's DNA theft, Wednesday 24 May 2023

As part of the 2023 ‘HANDS OFF TIBETANS’ DNA’ Global Week of Action, an expert panel of researchers, scientists and activists discussed the ethics of mass DNA collection in Tibet. They primarily focused on breaking down Thermo Fisher’s corporate responsibility and its involvement in China’s newest attack on Tibetan identity. Panelists discussed issues of privacy and consent, including how this DNA sampling and collection is being used to reinforce systemic racism and discrimination by China against Tibetans.

News

Thermo Fisher Scientific commits to end sales of DNA test kits in occupied Tibet

Tibet Network

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Exclusive: Thermo Fisher halts DNA collection kit sales in Tibet

AXIOS

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US biotech firm halts sales of DNA collection kits in Tibet

RADIO FREE ASIA

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Thermo Fisher stops sale of DNA kits in Tibet after activists raised fears of rights abuses

THE GUARDIAN

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Tibetan activists protest over mass DNA collection policy of China, human rights violations

ANI NEWS

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US biotech company halts sales of DNA kits in Tibet, as lawmakers mull more export controls on China

AP NEWS

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Tibetans-in-exile strongly condemn China’s mass DNA collection drive in Tibet

THE PRINT

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Tibetan Rights Groups condemn Thermo Fisher Scientific for supplying DNA kits to CCP: Report

ANI NEWS

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Legislators call for sanctions on firms complicit in mass DNA harvesting of Tibetans and Uyghurs

IPAC

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Commissioners Ask Thermo Fisher if Products Involved in Human Rights Abuses in Tibet

CECC

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Tibetans demand answers from US company over supply chain linked to China’s mass DNA collection in Tibet

Tibet Network

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New Evidence of Mass DNA Collection in Tibet
Rural Areas, Children Targeted for Intrusive Policing

Human Rights Watch

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Mass DNA Collection in the Tibet Autonomous Region from 2016–2022

The Citizens Lab

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TIBETAN POLICE BOUGHT THERMO FISHER DNA EQUIPMENT, CHINESE GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS SHOW

Intercept

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China collecting DNA samples from across Tibet, says rights group

Guardian

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Thermo Fisher DNA Collection Kits Purchased by Police in Tibet

The Scientist

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Deep Dive | China’s expanding DNA surveillance raises concern

India Today

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“The Chinese government is already subjecting Tibetans to pervasive repression. Now the authorities are literally taking blood without consent to strengthen their surveillance capabilities.”

Sophie Richardson, Human Rights Watch, 2022

Students For A Free Tibet