Collin Anderson writes for the Washington Free Beacon about the United Nation’s latest questionable decision.

A Chinese state-owned surveillance giant that provides equipment used in the communist nation’s mass surveillance and detainment of Uyghur Muslims is joining a United Nations “sustainability initiative” aimed at fighting climate change and countering “human rights abuses.”

Hikvision, which sits on a U.S. trade blacklist over its complicity in the Chinese government’s ongoing genocide in Xinjiang, is now a member of the United Nations Global Compact, the company announced in a Tuesday statement. Launched in 2000, the compact consists of thousands of companies from across the world that pledge to “support U.N. goals” and implement “universal sustainability principles” related to “human rights, labor, the environment, and anti-corruption.” Hikvision said its inclusion in the compact reflects the company’s “continuous efforts to put into practice our understanding of ‘Tech for Good.'” By joining the compact, meanwhile, Hikvision pledged to “make sure” it is “not complicit in human rights abuses.”

Hikvision’s work in its native China, however, tells a different story.

The company’s cameras are a crucial part of the Chinese Communist Party’s surveillance system used to track and detain Uyghurs in Xinjiang. Hikvision—which reports to the Chinese government through its largest shareholder, the state-owned China Electronics Technology Group—entered into government contracts in Xinjiang that contained language referring to the surveillance of “Uyghurs” and “mosques.” Its technology has been used to help detain Uyghurs flagged for traveling abroad, and its cameras are included in the CCP’s mass detention facilities located in Xinjiang. In 2019, Hikvision marketed a camera that can automatically identify Uyghurs.

The revelation reflects China’s growing grip on the United Nations, with the communist nation working in recent years to put its officials in leadership positions and gain a seat on the organization’s influential human rights council panel. Hikvision’s inclusion in the U.N. Global Compact could also create problems for the Biden administration, which has proposed to collaborate with the compact to vet federal contractors