Article 19’s Intervention in Liberty, et al’s Appeal to the European Court of Human Rights

10 Human Rights Organizations and Others v. United Kingdom, App No. 24960/15

On March 4, 2016, a third-party intervention was filed by Article 19 in this appeal by Liberty and others of the Judgments of the UK Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) on December 5, 2014 and February 6, 2015 on their challenge to the UK’s Tempora program and use of information obtained through the NSA’s Upstream and Prism programs. Article 19, a non-profit devoted to freedom of expression and information that is registered in the UK, US, Bangladesh, Brazil, Kenya, Mexico, Senegal, and Tunisia, intervened to argue that the case presents the ECtHR “with an important opportunity to affirm that the indiscriminate interception, storage and analysis of online communications has a chilling effect on the freedom of expression of non-governmental organisations (NGOs).” Its intervention asks the ECtHR to conclude that only targeted surveillance based on reasonable suspicion and authorized by a judge constitutes a legitimate restriction on the rights to privacy and freedom of expression.”

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