In an open letter to European Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan, RSF, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other human rights organizations warn against any further weakening of the Commission’s position in the talks on the EU dual-use recast.
Recent cases show that digital spyware developed in the EU are still being sold to repressive governments throughout the world despite the existence of export controls. For example, the Colombian magazine Semana recently disclosed that surveillance software developed by the Spanish company Mollitiam Industries was bought by the Colombian armed forces, which has used it to illegally spy on supreme court judges, politicians, journalists and journalists’ sources. The targets included Semana’s editor Alejandro Santos, and some of his reporters, after they published articles about crimes committed by members of the military.
In order to protect journalists, the signatory organizations recommend adopting appropriate human rights standards, mandatory human rights impact assessment in due diligence processes, a system for adding surveillance technology to the EU control list, and mandatory transparency and disclosure criteria for export licensing by member states.
The joint letter to the Trade Commissioner can be read here.
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Committee to Protect Journalists
Fédération internationale pour les droits humains (FIDH)
Human Rights Watch
Reporters sans frontières (RSF)