Chinese Dissident Du Daobin’s Lawsuit Against Cisco Systems Might Land Him in Jail (Again)

Chinese dissident Du Daobin and fellow activists filed a lawsuit against American corporation Cisco Systems for helping China harass, arrest, and torture Chinese political activists. Now he might land in prison for it (again).

Chinese Dissident Du Daobin's Lawsuit Against Cisco Systems Might Land Him in Jail (Again)

The EFF noted on its website yesterday that Chinese dissident Du Daobin might land himself in prison for a lawsuit he filed, along with Falun Gong activists, in the United States District Court in Maryland for their “knowing and willful aiding and abetting of the Chinese government’s harassment, arrest, and torture of Chinese political activists.”

The reports that Cisco Systems has been colluding with China are well-established now.

Rebecca MacKinnon wrote a piece in “The Nation” (and on her blog RConversation) to this effect, and it’s also been covered on PBS’s “Frontline” and in the  Wall Street Journal.

Daobin’s lawyers state:

Mr. Du’s persecution began in 2003, when he was arrested while his house was raided by Chinese authorities. On June 11, 2004, he was charged with “inciting to subvert state power” and was sentenced to three years in prison for posting pro-democracy articles online. Instead of immediately serving that sentence, he was placed under probation for four years, after which it was determined that he violated the terms of his probation and was then forced to serve his original three year prison sentence. During his imprisonment, Mr. Du was subjected to extreme physical and psychological torture. By the time of his release in 2010, Du was suffering from extreme malnutrition, cardiac issues, could no longer walk without assistance, and was dependent on a wheelchair.

The EFF states, “[W]e believe Mr. Du has since been released, but he still faces the possibility of more imprisonment and torture for challenging an American company’s policies and speaking out against censorship.”

They ask that those interested in helping Daobin “Sign our petition to tell Cisco to intervene on behalf of Mr. Du and to commit to standing up for human rights.”

Head over to the EFF website to sign the petition and to read about Cisco and Microsoft’s censorship and surveillance in China.

And if Cisco is willing to do this over in China for money, perhaps we should be asking whether Cisco is up to similar internet surveillance here in America.