Category Archive: Human rights

Europe’s controversial data retention directive is dealt a lethal blow by the European Court of Justice

By Simon Davies In one of the most significant civil liberties developments of recent years an Advocate General of the European Court of Justice has found that the EU Data Retention Directive is “wholly”  incompatible with the Union’s Charter of Fundamental Rights. The 2006 EU Directive requires communications providers to store traffic information on all …

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Facebook trashes its “principles” as it blocks human rights pages in Pakistan

By Simon Davies Facebook has again been accused of unlawful collusion with the Pakistan government after the publication today of a list of url’s that have been blocked by the company – including an influential page dedicated to human rights and political discourse. A partial list of blocked pages is published below. While some of …

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Why Edward Snowden should receive the Sakharov prize – and why he’s unlikely to get it

By Simon Davies In recent weeks there has been a groundswell of support for US whistleblower Edward Snowden to receive the Sakharov Prize, which since 1988 has been awarded by the European Parliament to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the defence of human rights and freedom of thought. The European Green party …

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How Edward Snowden suddenly became a valuable asset to the White House

 By Simon Davies It should come as no surprise that Barack Obama has canceled his scheduled summit with Russian president Vladimir Putin. Relations between the two countries have been in decline ever since Putin took power, and Washington has been ill at ease with an increasingly aggressive, isolated, corrupted and inward-looking Kremlin. The sad reality …

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It’s time for companies to become champions of rights and build a new accord with the public

  By Simon Davies To one extent or another all companies that provide online services have become outsourced agents of government. Their vast archives of personal data are a cost-effective resource for security and law enforcement agencies which often require little more than basic paperwork to secure the target information. Companies will tell you that …

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There’s something deeply strange about the EU’s latest measure to support human rights for gay people

By Simon Davies Last month – and to disappointingly little acclaim – the EU Council adopted an important measure to help protect gay, lesbian and transgender people living outside Europe from homophobia and discrimination. The 27 Foreign Affairs ministers on the Council decided to adopt binding guidelines that will go some way to assuring that …

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