Petition to EU leaders: Stop mass surveillance

International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) has joined a petition to EU leaders to stop mass surveillance. The petition has been initiated by Index on Censorhip, a member of the Civic Solidarity Platform like IPHR, and is available on in English; French; German; Spanish and Russian. More signatures are welcome from both NGOs and individuals!

The text in English:

Thanks to recent revelations we know that governments are using digital technology to monitor our emails, phone calls and the websites we visit. This is an attack on our freedom of speech and an invasion of our privacy. Tell Europe’s leaders to take action to stop the US, UK and other governments from carrying out mass surveillance.

We, the undersigned, call on our Heads of Government to clearly and unambiguously state their opposition to all systems of mass surveillance including the US’s NSA PRISM system and similar systems in several countries in Europe. Europe’s leaders have not yet taken any action to stop this abuse of our right to privacy and freedom of expression.

We call on Europe’ leaders to place this issue firmly on the agenda for the next European Council Summit in October. They need to make it clear that they will do so.

They must take action to stop this abuse of our human rights.

This petition is supported by:

  • Index on Censorship
  • English PEN
  • Article 19
  • Privacy International
  • Open Rights Group
  • Liberty
  • European Federation of Journalists
  • International Federation of Journalists
  • PEN International
  • PEN Canada
  • PEN Portugal
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • PEN Emergency Fund
  • Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE)
  • National Union of Somali Journalists
  • Bahrain Centre for Human Rights
  • Catalan PEN
  • Belarusian Human Rights House
  • South East European Network for Professionalization of Media (SEENPM)
  • International Partnership for Human Rights