Access now declares Heroes and Villains on Digital Communications. A winner (!) from Turkey


Access, Partners Recognize Heroes, Villains on Human Rights and Communications Surveillance

12:58pm | 22 September 2014 | by Access Team,

Today, Access recognizes individuals and groups around the world for their work as it relates to theInternational Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance (“the Principles”).

The Principles, endorsed by more than 400 civil society groups worldwide, provide a framework to assess whether government surveillance complies with international human rights obligations. Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Principles, which were publicly released on September 22, 2013. Today’s announcement follows on from the Principles Coalition’s Week of Action last week, which highlighted the Principles and promoted their adoption.

Access recognizes both those who have worked to advance the thirteen principles, as well as those who have taken steps that violate or undermine this rights-protecting framework. Importantly, the below individuals and groups represent only the tip of the iceberg; Selecting only one honoree for each role was difficult, as many qualified individuals were nominated, and deserve recognition for the work they have done over the past year, and in years prior. We are grateful to all of those who work to advance human rights principles.

For their work in 2013-2014, our heroes and villains are:

Check out heroes and villains here. 


Twitter reportedly sent a message to Today’s Zaman editor Celil Sağır that his account “will be withheld”. While twitter objected to the ruling court, advocate Odabaşı said “accounts can’t be withheld due to insult or defamation”.

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