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Rubio, McGovern Ask CEOs of Intel and NVIDIA About Possible Involvement in Human Rights Abuses in Xinjiang

Dec 8, 2020 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and U.S. Representative Jim McGovern, the Cochair and Chair of the bipartisan and bicameral Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) respectively, sent letters to the Chief Executive Officers (CEO) of both Intel Corporation and NVIDIA. The letters seek additional information with regard to the sale of advanced computer chips that power a supercomputer used by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) security forces in the conduct of mass surveillance, and other human rights abuses, against Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other predominately Muslim ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).

The Chairs asked the CEOs for a response to their questions about their exports to the PRC, including whether they knew that their technology would be used to support surveillance activities conducted by the PRC police forces and security entities and whether they took steps to ensure that their products were not used for human rights abuses or to compromise U.S. national security. 

The full text of the letter to Intel Corporation is here and the full text of the letter to NVIDIA is here.

Rubio is the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations’ Subcommittee that oversees human rights and is a member of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.