[IRPCoalition] [IRP-SC] Fwd: [bestbits] surveillance of human rights groups

Brown, Abbe abbe.brown at abdn.ac.uk
Fri Jun 26 11:28:54 EEST 2015

I would support this


From: IRP [mailto:irp-bounces at lists.internetrightsandprinciples.org] On Behalf Of Marianne Franklin
Sent: 26 June 2015 09:22
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Subject: Re: [IRPCoalition] [IRP-SC] Fwd: [bestbits] surveillance of human rights groups

Dear all

Yes, let's. The letter expresses widespread concern across all stakeholder groups about an issue i think most on all the lists would all agree upon...

As Article 8 (f)  - The Right to Privacy on the Internet - of the IRPC Charter<http://internetrightsandprinciples.org/site/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/IRPC_english_4thedition.pdf> states (echoed elsewhere in international undertakings and UN resolutions) "f) Freedom from surveillance: Everyone has the freedom to communicate without arbitrary surveillance or interception (including behavioural tracking, profiling, and cyber-stalking), or the threat of surveillance or interception. Any agreement regarding access to online services that includes acceptance of surveillance shall clearly state the nature of the surveillance." (IRPC Charter Booklet: 18).

I think this letter is succinct and makes this point clearly and it deserves the support of the IRP Coalition at large.

On 26/06/2015 05:17, Tapani Tarvainen wrote:

Yes. Let's.


On Jun 25 10:33, Robert Bodle (irpbodle at gmail.com<mailto:irpbodle at gmail.com>) wrote:

Dear IRPC Steering Committee,

Is this something we can sign on to (endorse as a Coalition) without too

much trouble (please see below)? The deadline is quite close.

(Though not sure if the process of getting broad consensus from SC is


All the best,


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From: Andrew Puddephatt <andrew at gp-digital.org><mailto:andrew at gp-digital.org>

Date: Wed, Jun 24, 2015 at 10:53 PM

Subject: [bestbits] surveillance of human rights groups

To: "bestbits at lists.bestbits.net"<mailto:bestbits at lists.bestbits.net> <bestbits at lists.bestbits.net><mailto:bestbits at lists.bestbits.net>


You may have seen a story in the media this week about GCHQ surveillance of

two internationally respected human right groups based in Egypt and South

Africa respectively.

A number of UK based organisations are sending alter to the UK Foreign

Secretary about this and will publish it soon.  We would welcome support

from international groups if you would willing to endorse the letter by COB

Friday 26th June (this week).

The contents are self explanatory

Here it is:


If you share our concern please endorse the letter

best wishes

*Andrew Puddephatt*


Development House, 56–64 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4LT

T: +44 (0)20 7549 0336 | Skype: andrewpuddephatt



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