18 December 2020
Surveillance technologies used against human rights activists in the countries of the Middle East, North Africa and the Arabian Gulf should be halted, NGOs said at a recent online event organised by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights. Software sold by companies such as FinFisher (based in Germany) and Hacking Team (based in Italy) has been used by states to monitor, track and undermine the work of people in a variety of countries in the region.
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The Gulf Centre for Human Rights is calling for organisations to join a coalition that will "meet in 2021 to study the issue, set objectives, and organize some activities," with the aim of halting sales of such software. Interested parties can contact Khalid Ibrahim at GCHR (khalid [at] gc4hr.org) and Marwa Fatafta at Access Now (marwa [at] accessnow.org)
Sale of surveillance technology to oppressive governments in MENA region should be halted, say NGOs (GCHR, link)
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