human rights Archive

Youtube took down MEP's videos about torture debate

Marietje Schaake (previously) is a Dutch Member of the European Parliament who has a fantastic track-record for getting it right on issues related to technology, free speech, human rights, and privacy; she is the author of a report on export controls for spying technology used to identify dissidents to torture. She uploaded the videos from the debate about these tools to Youtube, only …

Chelsea Manning on hunger strike, demanding treatment for gender dysphoria

Today, days before she is to face an administrative board who will punish her for her recent suicide attempt, whistleblower Chelsea Manning has announced that she will go on hunger strike until she receives treatment for her gender dysphoria. Manning is not allowed to have any representation present when she faces the three-person administrative board. The last time she saw these three people, …

#NoDAPL: U.S. orders halt in North Dakota pipeline construction on Native land

Protesters demonstrate against the Energy Transfer Partners’ Dakota Access oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S. September 9, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen The United States government today ordered a temporary halt to construction of a stretch of North Dakota oil pipeline that has been the focus of a sustained and growing occupation protest by Native Americans and environmental activists. …

The expensive ‘Italian’ shoes made for a pittance in east European sweatshops

Campaigners claim millions of shoppers are being led to believe the expensive shoes they buy in high-street stores are made in Germany and Italy – when many are actually made by workers on poverty wages in eastern European sweatshops. The scandal is exposed in a damning investigation into the European shoe industry, which details illegal wages and shocking working conditions in factories turning out footwear …

#RightToRecord: DOJ must investigate arrests of citizens who document police killings

By Laura Poitras and David Felix Sutcliffe Editor’s Note: The International Documentary Association has released a petition that asks the Department of Justice to investigate the arrests of citizen journalists who videotape police killings of citizens in marginalized communities. Boing Boing asked documentary filmmakers Laura Poitras and David Felix Sutcliffe to share with our readers why the fight to protect the rights of these amateur …

Tor’s new social contract includes ‘no backdoors’ pledge

It hasn’t been the best summer of PR for the Tor anonymizing browser, given that one of its prominent developers — Jacob Appelbaum — stepped down amid allegations of “sexual mistreatment” in June. So it’s perhaps not too surprising that the pro-privacy organization has decided now is the time to publish a social contract, promoting what it dubs its commitment to ‘advancing human rights’. “We believe that privacy, …

UK faces Human Rights challenge to state’s bulk hacking abroad

Privacy rights organization Privacy International has filed another legal challenge to the UK government’s use of bulk hacking against foreigners. The filing, with the European Court of Human Rights, follows Privacy International’s attempt earlier this year to challenge the use of bulk hacking against foreigners via the local oversight court for the UK’s intelligence agencies, the IPT. However the Tribunal refused to rule on whether GCHQ’s use of bulk hacking against …

British Muslim detained for reading a book about Syria while on a plane

Faizah Shaheen, via her Twitter profile. A British woman of Muslim descent was detained and questioned by police under terror laws after a flight crew member noticed she was reading a book about Syrian art while flying to Turkey. The Thomson Airways attendant reported her for “suspicious behavior,” which amounted to reading a book. Faizah Shaheen, 27, is not …

EU-US Privacy Shield open for sign ups from today

U.S. companies needing to transfer personal data of European customers across the Atlantic can now sign up to a new framework to govern such data transfers, with the so-called EU-US Privacy Shield up and running from today. The European Commission has also now published the legal texts associated with the Privacy Shield agreement, along with a citizens guide — which aims to provide information to EU consumers as to how they can …