Applying human rights law to state surveillance

first_imgIn presenting the 13 Principles, Katitza Rodriguez, International Rights Director at theElectronic Frontier Foundation, urged:“member states to assess their national surveillance laws and bring them intocompliance with the 13 benchmarks. We must put an end to unchecked,suspicionless, mass spying online and worldwide. Privacy is a human right, andneeds to be protected as fiercely as all other rights”. News September 23, 2013 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Applying human rights law to state surveillance Matthew Shears, Director for Global Internet Policy and Human Rights with the Center forDemocracy & Technology, said:“We believe these principles outline the essential elements for applying humanrights to communications surveillance and look forward to collaborating with humanrights institutions and human rights advocates to promote these principles globally.” Following the event remotely from South Africa, Anriette Esterhuysen, Executive Directorof the Association for Progressive Communications wrote:”Privacy and security should not be set off against one another. A robust andtrusted internet needs both, and they are mutually reinforcing. The same cannot besaid for privacy and mass surveillance. Mass surveillance undermines privacy inevery possible sense of what the term means: from a human rights perspective andthe perspective of a robust, secure and trusted internet.” Find out more about the Principles at International_ Carly Nyst, [email protected]_ +447788286389Access_ Fabiola Carrion -­ [email protected] Frontier Foundation_ Katitza Rodriguez -­ [email protected] for Progressive Communication_ Shawna Finnegan -­ [email protected]_ Joy Liddicoat -­ [email protected] Rights Watch_ Cynthia Wong -­ [email protected] for Democracy and Technology_ Matthew Shears -­ [email protected] Fabiola Carrion, Policy Counsel at Access, while presenting the Principles, concluded:“In Access -­ an organization that defends and extends the fundamental rights ofdigital users at risk -­ we are extremely concerned with the massive surveillancepractices perpetrated by States, from authoritarian regimes to those withdemocratic institutions. As such, we enthusiastically join this proactive effort to placea framework for States to fulfill their human rights obligations under internationallaw.” Organisation center_img Help by sharing this information Lucie Morillion, Head of Reporters Without Borders Advocacy Department, stressed that:“more efforts must be done to regulate and monitor the export of surveillancetechnologies to countries which utilise them to identify and track down dissidents,human right defenders and journalists, who are disclosing public interestinformation. Without the adoption and implementation of adequate protectionmechanisms of these individuals, the right to information is challenged andinvestigatory journalism is at risk.” Cynthia Wong, Senior Internet Researcher at Human Rights Watch, warned:“Without stronger protections for online privacy, we are quickly headed toward aworld where pervasive surveillance is the norm and privacy disappears the secondwe go online. As mobile and Internet adoption expands globally, every governmentshould ensure people can use these technologies without fear of invasive anddisproportionate intrusions into their private lives.” RSF_en GENEVA, 20 September -­-­ Civil society organisations today called upon the members of the Human Rights Council to assess whether national surveillance laws and activities are in line with their international human rights obligations.The Snowden revelations have confirmed that governments worldwide continue to expand their spying capabilities, at home and abroad. Widespread surveillance is being conducted in violation of individuals’ rights to privacy and free expression, and is seldom regulated by strong legal frameworks that respect human rights.With this in mind, a coalition of civil society organisations today launched the “International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance,” a set of standards that interpret States’ human rights obligations in light of new technologies and surveillance capabilities. The Principles are endorsed by over 260 civil society organisations around the world, and for the first time set out an evaluative framework for assessing surveillance practices in the context of international human rights law.Civil society organisations presented the Principles during an event on the right to privacy, hosted by the governments of Germany, Norway, Austria, Hungary, Liechtenstein and Switzerland, at the 24th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, speaking at the event, said that:“technological advancements have been powerful tools for democracy by giving access to all to participate in society, but increasing use of data mining by intelligence agencies blurs lines between legitimate surveillance and arbitrary mass surveillance.”Acknowledging that States have a legitimate task of protecting national security, the High Commissioner stressed that this must done in compliance with the law and any actionNecessaryandProportionate.orgs must be regulated and monitored by the judiciary.Joining the High Commissioner was Frank La Rue, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, who recently released a report which details the widespread use of state surveillance of communications, stating that such surveillance severely undermines citizens’ ability to enjoy a private life, freely express themselves and enjoy their other fundamental human rights.Speaking at the event, the UN Special Rapporteur remarked that:“previously surveillance was carried out on targeted basis but the Internet has changed the context by providing the possibility for carrying out mass surveillance. This is the danger.”In this new context, Frank La Rue stressed that all restrictions to rights have to be established by law, and implemented by legal institutions as well as supported by independent judicial and parliamentary oversight mechanisms. With the aim of taking the discussion forward and ensuring concrete actions, the Special Rapporteur suggested the organisation of a special session at the Human Right Council on surveillance and the right to privacy, and a preparatory multi-­stakeholder seminar, as well as the appointment of a temporary special expert to lead the initiative.Representatives of Privacy International, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Access, Human Rights Watch, Reporters Without Borders, Association for Progressive Communications, and the Center for Democracy and Technology all took part in the event.Carly Nyst, Head of International Advocacy at Privacy International, emphasised the fundamental importance of the right to privacy:“State surveillance severely threatens individuals’ rights to privacy, free expressionand free association;; impedes an open and democratic society;; hinders a freepress;; breeds conformity and undermines innovation;; and strikes at the heart ofhuman dignity and autonomy. It must only be conducted in the most exceptionalcircumstances, under the watchful eye of an independent judicial authority andstrong oversight mechanisms.” Principles are launched seeking to update understandings of human rights to reflect modern surveillance technologies and techniques.last_img read more

Glenshane Road closed for second time due to serious crash

first_img Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Homepage BannerNews Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Facebook WhatsApp The Glenshane Road in Derry is been closed following a serious road traffic collision.Police say the crash happened at 4.25pm this afternoon.The road was closed earlier also following an early morning fatal collision.Diversions are in place for Belfast bound traffic at the Glenshane Road junction with the Tirbracken Road while Derry bound traffic is being diverted at the Foreglen Road junction with Baranailt Road.Motorists are advised to seek alternative routes. Twitter Pinterest Google+center_img Twitter WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleMain Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Monday February 22ndNext article31 Covid-19 cases confirmed in Donegal News Highland By News Highland – February 22, 2021 Glenshane Road closed for second time due to serious crash News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Google+last_img read more

Iowa museums waiting to open during week they usually celebrate

first_imgCEDAR FALLS — This is Iowa Museum Week and while most of Iowa’s 300 museums and galleries remain closed by the pandemic, we can still visit many of them online until their doors reopen.Cindy Sweet, executive director of the Iowa Museum Association — based in Cedar Falls — says this would ordinarily be one of the busier weeks of the year for museums, but she’s still working to raise awareness in spite of COVID-19.“Museums are essentially sister organizations with our public libraries,” Sweet says. “They provide educational resources and programs for all ages. They enrich our communities in many ways. They attract businesses. They attract people who want to live in our communities.”There’s a key difference between museums and libraries, she notes, as museums rely on donors and don’t typically have local, state or federal funding through tax dollars. Sweet says museums serve an important purpose. “They play a really critical role in preserving the historical fabric, the natural resources, the identity and memory of our state,” Sweet says. “They’re really essential community anchor organizations and we, many times, take them for granted.”Iowa Museum Week would typically be filled with open houses, special programming and invitations for visits from state and local officials. “Because that’s not possible this year, we’re having a Social Media Iowa Museum Week,” Sweet says. “We are highlighting the good work of so many of our Iowa museums on Facebook, on Twitter, on websites, and we’re trying to raise awareness the best we can.”Museums are slowly reopening, she says, in order to continue offering safe experiences to the public. Iowa Museum Week runs through Sunday.last_img read more

No English refs, assistants as FIFA confirm 2018 World Cup list

first_imgFIFA’s decision comes amid the ongoing tension between Britain and Russia following the poisoning of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, England.The incident, which has since led to tit-for-tat expulsions of foreign embassy staff, prompted Britain’s foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, to decide that no British dignitaries or members of the royal family will attend the competition, held June 14-July 15. Paris, France | AFP | This summer’s World Cup will feature no English referees for the first time in post-war history, nor assistants, after FIFA confirmed its official list of 99 match officials for Russia 2018 on Thursday.England whistler Mark Clattenburg, who retired from Premier League duty last summer, had been included on a pre-selected group drawn up by world ruling body FIFA two years ago.But his money-spinning move to Saudi Arabia left no English referees on FIFA’s World Cup list for the first time since before the second world war.The referees representing UEFA-affiliated countries are from Germany, Turkey, Russia, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Serbia, Italy, Slovenia and France.In another snub to England, globally considered the creators of the ‘beautiful game’, no English assistants will officiate at the competition. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more