Category Archive: Human rights

David Cameron’s hypocrisy over human rights sets a new low for double standards

By Simon Davies It would be a mammoth task to itemise the volume of hypocrisy and double standards in British Prime Minister David Cameron’s latest assault on human rights protection – not the least of which is the fact that he came to power on a commitment to protect the rights and freedoms guaranteed by …

Continue reading »

Read More...

My blindness – and the curious tension with privacy

By Simon Davies When I was a young boy, there was a kid in my class whose visual impairment was so bad that he had to sit front and centre of the classroom, using binoculars just to see the blackboard. To many classmates this was a hilarious spectacle, though there were always one or two …

Continue reading »

Read More...

Police militarization is not just about lethal weapons; it’s also about too much power and too much data

By Simon Davies The recent killing by US police of an unarmed teenager in the act of surrender – and the subsequent slaughter by those same police of a mentally ill man – has sparked widespread disquiet in America and elsewhere about the militarization of law enforcement agencies. At its most superficial level, this debate …

Continue reading »

Read More...

How Britain became a dangerously cynical society with tinges of a police state

 By Simon Davies If proof was ever needed of the growing cynicism and despair of modern Britain, you need only consider the collapse of public trust in government, the systematic destruction of oversight and accountability, the rise of nationalism and the steady encroachment of a police state – all cheered on by a faltering parliament. …

Continue reading »

Read More...

The lawful tasering of an innocent man signals a dark age of UK policing

By Simon Davies The seemingly growing dysfunction within the UK police reached new heights yesterday when an officer was exonerated without charge after tasering an innocent 63 year-old man who is registered as blind. The officer claimed he had mistaken the blind invalid’s white cane for a samurai sword and neutralised him with a 50,000 …

Continue reading »

Read More...

We ignore Pakistan’s struggle for freedom at our own peril

By Simon Davies The global outpouring of public support over the Turkish government’s latest incursion on freedom of expression has been breathtaking. International media have extensively covered the issue, providing fuel for citizen-led initiatives to oppose or circumvent the Twitter ban. This support, however, throws into sharp relief the dearth of activity around ongoing censorship …

Continue reading »

Read More...

Beware the NSA’s contrition tactic over transparency – it’s a trap

James Clapper: using transparency to neutralise privacy

By Simon Davies Two weeks ago the Director of US National Intelligence, James Clapper, gave an interview with Eli Lake of The Daily Beast, in which he broke some new ground by stating that the core problem in recent spying controversies is that the NSA should have been more open about its activities. Against a …

Continue reading »

Read More...

A new website enables the promise of stronger European rights

By Simon Davies In less than three months Europe will undertake one of its most interesting – and potentially destabilising – elections in its recent history. Many analysts are predicting an outcome in which political extremes become more prominent and Euro-scepticism becomes a core political driver. The election comes at a critically important moment for …

Continue reading »

Read More...

Better policing requires a fundamental public distrust of the police

By Simon Davies Earlier this week, police in the rugged US state of New Mexico settled a $1.6M law suit brought by a drugs suspect who had been unlawfully subjected to a humiliating array of cavity searches and anal probes. The lawsuit, filed in January 2013 by David Eckert against the Deming and Hidalgo County …

Continue reading »

Read More...

A brief explanation of why Britain’s government is poisonous to privacy

By Simon Davies Some people might reluctantly forgive the British Tory party over its recent history of intolerance, political self-interest and electoral deceit – in the same way that they might forgive a snake for acting like a snake. It’s in the blood. But even by Tory standards, this current conservative government has embarked on …

Continue reading »

Read More...

Older posts «

» Newer posts