World Bulletin / News Desk
Amnesty international is taking the UK security services to court over claims that their communications have been unlawfully accessed by the UK intelligence services.
After the US whistle-blower Edward Snowden leaks, it emerged that it was not just the US that was spying on individuals and orgnaisations but also the UK through its Tempora programme.
Amnesty said that it believed “that given the global and often highly sensitive nature of its work, it is highly likely that the organisation’s communications have been intercepted unlawfully by intelligence services in both the UK and the US, as the content would be of interest to those agencies.”
Amnesty international is initiating a claim in the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT). The human rights charity is taking legal action on the basis that the UK authorities are in breach of Article 8, right to privacy, and article 10, right to freedom of expression of the Human Rights Act 1988.
Michael Bochenek, Director of Law and Policy at Amnesty International, said, “In the face of such secret and extensive programmes of mass surveillance, the current legal framework governing surveillance in the UK is woefully inadequate and urgently needs reform."
“As a global organisation working on many sensitive issues that would be of particular interest to security services in the US and UK, we are deeply troubled by the prospect that the communications of our staff may have been intercepted. We should remember, however, that secret, mass surveillance programmes like PRISM and Tempora affect not just organisations like Amnesty International, but each and every one of us and our right to privacy,” Bochenek noted.
Amnesty international have said that although IPT carry out their investigations in secret that it would be a “ridiculous irony”, if the investigation into secrecy were carried out in secret.
In June, disclosures made by the US whistle-blower Edward Snowdon revealed that the US National Security Agency was routinely accessing the communications of millions of people through its secret PRISM programme which the UK authorities had access to. It later emerged that the UK’s intelligence agency GCHQ may have also subjected people to blanket surveillance through its own secret programme called Tempora.Last Mod: 10 Aralık 2013, 10:55