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All Posts | Feb 19,2019

Submission on Surveillance Industry and Human Rights to the UN Special Rapporteur

UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression had invited comments on the surveillance industry and human rights. In 1993 the United Nations Commission on Human Rights established the mandate of the Special Rapporteur that included gathering information on violations, responding to credible information, making recommendations and contributions to provision of technical assistance or advisory services by Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to better promote and protection right to freedom of opinion and expression.

Last date for submissions from States, civil society, private businesses, and other interested stakeholders was 15th February 2019. The Special Rapporteur requested concise comments on domestic regulatory framework on development, marketing, deployment, facilitation and use of surveillance technologies. The aim of this exercise is to study obligations and responsibilities of States and businesses in the light of human right standards.

We have made our submissions highlighting the domestic laws, regulations, judicial decisions on the use of surveillance technologies in India and their consistency with human rights standards. These submission detailed below will be posted on the OHCHR website at the time of the report’s publication.

All Posts | Apr 27,2017

22 social media websites blocked in Kashmir valley for up to one month

On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, the Jammu and Kashmir Government directed Internet Service Providers to block access to 22 social media sites in the Kashmir Valley for up to one month. The move reportedlycame in the wake of widespread circulation of videos depicting abuse of Kashmiris by Indian military personnel, which fueled unrest in the Valley. As per orders issued by J&K’s Principal Home Secretary R K Goyal, the following list of 22 websites stands blocked for a period of one month or until further orders, whichever is earlier:

  1. Facebook
  2. Twitter
  3. WhatsApp
  4. QQ
  5. WeChat
  6. Qzone
  7. Tumblr
  8. Google+
  9. Baidu
  10. Skype
  11. Viber
  12. Line
  13. Snapchat
  14. Pinterest
  15. Telegram
  16. Reddit
  17. Snapfish
  18. YouTube (uploads)
  19. Vine
  20. Xanga
  21. Buzznet
  22. Flickr

The order, issued under Section 5(2) of the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 read with Rule 419A of the Indian Telegraph Rules, 1951, noted that social media is increasingly being used by anti-national elements to disturb public order and tranquility, that such misuse of social media comes with no accountability on the part of the miscreants, that such incidents have been observed to cause large-scale damage to life and property, and that the use of these social media sites therefore needs to be immediately regulated/curbed.