Everything you ever wanted to know about what international human rights law is and how it can help fight surveillance, but were afraid to ask

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Everything you ever wanted to know about what international human rights law is and how it can help fight surveillance, but were afraid to ask
Presenter(s) Joshua Franco
Title(s) Researcher on Technology and Human Rights
Organization(s) Amnesty International
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Country(ies) United Kingdom
Social media @joshyrama
2017 theme Policy & Advocacy


This is a workshop aimed at introducing key concepts of international human rights law in a way that is practical, easy to understand, and lends itself to action.

Amnesty International has started working on surveillance as a human rights issue in the last few years, but we have worked on international human rights law for more than 50. The goal of this workshop is to help those people who have been fighting for online freedoms as hackers, activists, journalists, or in any other way, to understand the key concepts of human rights law and how it can help their work.

The workshop will be interactive and will be hosted by a former Amnesty International legal advisor, now working on researching human rights violations linked to tech. It will draw on real-life examples from Amnesty’s recent, and forthcoming, research on surveillance-related human rights violations in Belarus and Uzbekistan.

This workshop is for you if you know and care about online freedom but have always wondered: when is surveillance legal and when does it violate the right to privacy? Where does the right to privacy come from? Who says what the right to privacy is? What if privacy means one thing in the law of my country and another in another? Is a UN Declaration more important than a treaty? If you violate international law, can you get arrested? If the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights had a fight, who would win?



Format Training
Target Groups Everyone
Length 1 hour
Skill Level Novice
Language English


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