Human Rights Council should approve cyber-surveillance report

first_img Reporters Without Borders welcomes a report to the UN Human Rights Council on state internet surveillance, which makes clear the grave effects of government internet monitoring on human rights, especially freedom of information. Organisation Related documents Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La RuePDF – 537.76 KB June 1, 2013 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Human Rights Council should approve cyber-surveillance report The report was issued by Frank LaRue, UN special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression. A Council vote on the report is scheduled on 3 June. Reporters Without Borders asks that the Council’s member states approve the report. The document marks the international community’s first effort to address the issue of internet surveillance. A vote of approval would lay the groundwork for international and regional limitations on government internet monitoring.The issue has been a major concern of RWB for nearly 10 years (read RSF submission for United Forum on business and Human Rights). The press freedom organization has repeatedly opposed state and private sector actions designed to monitor specific groups and individuals. A special report on surveillance of 12 March (the World Day Against Cyber-Censorship) explores the issue in depth.The special rapporteur’s report makes clear that security excesses linked to this form of surveillance are widespread. The use of technology that enables spying on citizens is not limited to authoritarian states, LaRue notes. He cites laws on terrorism, national security and organized crime that are on the books in many democratic countries – laws that authorize cyber-surveillance. These may be used to “target vulnerable groups,” including journalists, the report says. (Paragraph 52: “Journalists are also particularly vulnerable to becoming targets of communications surveillance because of their reliance on online communication”).In addition, the special rapporteur notes that journalists are especially exposed to the negative effects of surveillance, which may involve “violation of…human rights” (Paragraph 51).The rapporteur notes that the use of personal data affects personal privacy. For journalists and their sources, surveillance of their communications can have catastrophic consequences.Relevant laws now in place are in many cases out of date or inadequate and must be adapted to keep pace with technological change, the report concludes (Paragraph 50). The document recommends penalizing unauthorized surveillance and establishing judicial control of the practice (Paragraph 54), especially as it involves collecting and storing personal data.The report recommends that governments raise public awareness of the uses of communications technology and of the extent of surveillance mechanisms and legal authority.Notably, the rapporteur shares the concern expressed by RWB in its special report on surveillance over “new methods for conducting surveillance” (Paragraph 62), such as offensive intrusion (including trojans), as well as interception under legal authority.RWB commends LaRue’s call for states to assume responsibility on this issue They are obliged not only to respect rights, but above all to protect them against violations (Paragraph 76). The organization expresses its agreement with the rapporteur’s recommendations concerning the private sector: “States must take measures to prevent the commercialization of surveillance technologies, paying particular attention to research, development, trade, export and use of these technologies considering their ability to facilitate systematic human rights violations.” (Paragraph 97).These recommendations demand the attention not only of governments, but of companies (internet service providers, Web companies, producers and exporters of surveillance devices and software). For its part, RWB has demanded penalties for companies found to be involved in surveillance activities that endanger freedom of information.In that regard, RWB has also noted a trend cited by LaRue concerning internet filtering and censorship: “The burden of such policy is transferred to private intermediaries.” (Paragraph 46). The free press organization has repeatedly criticized the danger of the growing power of the private sector in the surveillance field. center_img Help by sharing this information RSF_en Newslast_img read more

Movies, music and mayhem at Limerick’s Theatre Royal

first_imgPrint Previous articleAfghan who hates Irish people ‘incentivised to return home’ court toldNext articleHead down to Plan’s arty party at Friday Milk Market Alan Jacques Email London commemoration for famous Limerick exiles Advertisement Lighting up a Limerick legend Facebook Linkedincenter_img Twitter NewsMovies, music and mayhem at Limerick’s Theatre RoyalBy Alan Jacques – April 28, 2016 2639 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp TAGSAustralian Pink FloydBilly NastyBoogie WonderlandBoyzoneCatherine HayesFather TedfeaturedJohn McCormacklimerickLimerick Film ArchiveMy Lovely HorseOscar WildePatrick PearsePicturehousePress 22Roger CasementSeamus FlynnSharon ShannonSlackjawSpice-ish GirlsThe CorrsThe CranberriesThe HitchersThe ProdigyThe Royal ProjectTheatre Royal THE Eurovision episode of Father Ted was filmed in Limerick’s Theatre Royal. Patrick Pearse also roused volunteers in the same hall. Oscar Wilde delivered a talk on his personal impressions of America here and The Cranberries took to its stage after selling their first million records Stateside. There is now plans afoot for a four-screen cinema and digital hub. Limerick Post reporter Alan Jacques recently visited his old haunt.I STAND centrestage in a landmark building in the heart of Limerick City and breathe in its rich history and consider all those who have tread its boards.In the year of 1916 Centenary commemorations, it is almost impossible not to conjure up images of Patrick Pearse rousing volunteers in this same hall more than a hundred years ago.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up On the same cold Sunday night back in 1914, Roger Casement, another founding father of the Irish Republic, was also present.The walls of the Limerick Athenaeum at 2, Upper Cecil Street are steeped in history. Since it was built in 1833, it played a pivotal role in Limerick life for more than 150 years, drawing the community together to laugh, love, learn and dream.The venue has served many purposes down the years as an art school, lecture hall, library, theatre, cinema and live music venue.Sadly, the doors of what was known in its last incarnation as the Theatre Royal have been closed since 1997.In its heyday, Limerick Athenaeum played host to an impressive range of luminaries from Oscar Wilde to Maud Gonne, Catherine Hayes and John McCormack.While in more recent times everyone from The Cranberries to The Corrs, The Prodigy and Boyzone have plied their musical wares here.A church pulpit is curiously placed over on the corner of the stage. I am told it was a prop left over from one of two ‘Father Ted’ episodes filmed in the Theatre Royal. It was on this very stage that Fathers Crilly and McGuire crooned their way through ‘My Lovely Horse’ in that unforgettable Eurovision episode.Most of us of a certain vintage will also have very fond memories of the venue as the Royal Cinema. I can remember being brought to see Franco Zeffirelli’s epic ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ here when I was just six-years-old.I asked photographer Brian Gavin of Press 22, who joins me for this trip down memory lane, about his recollections of the old movie house.“Oh, I remember it well. I loved Westerns and my father used to take me to see all the John Wayne movies here,” Brian recalls.“We knew it as the flea market. You’d be itching all over after coming to see a film at the Royal. You’d have to be deloused when you got home.”Interestingly, Declan McLoughlin of Limerick Film Archive, and Dave Burns, director of The Royal Project, both remember ‘Raging Bull’ as the last film they saw at the city centre cinema. The film, a classic, stars Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese’s emotional tale about a self-destructive boxer.Speaking of pugilists, the venue has taken a real pummeling in the last number of years. The harsh winter of 2010, which caused pipes to burst, delivered a severe body blow leaving the hall’s wooden floor buckled, uprooted in places, and in serious disrepair.That said, if Declan and Dave have their way, the Royal could, one day in the not so distant future, rise like a beautiful, fiery phoenix to relive some of its former glories.Their plan is to transform this desolate relic into a vibrant four-screen cinema, café/bar and digital hub that would bring much-needed life back into the city centre. The cost of realising this wonderful dream comes in at around €5.9 million — €12 million less than proposed for the controversial footbridge over the River Shannon.It may not make any of the ‘greatest movies of all time’ polls but as it turns out, the last film screened at the Royal was ‘Police Academy 2’.As I walk around one of my favoured city hangouts of the mid-nineties, the memories come rushing back. I vividly remember my old pals, Limerick band ‘The Hitchers’, launching their debut album ‘It’s All Fun and Games ‘Til Someone Loses An Eye’ here back in 1997 to a full house and real rabble-rousing party atmosphere.In the main foyer, a poster advertises a Picturehouse concert at the Theatre Royal on a bygone Sunday June 29 to promote their single ‘Heavenly Day’. Another talks up Billy Nasty, who performed here on Friday August 27, 1997, as “the UK’s number one Techno DJ”.A condom machine looks forlornly down from the wall of an upstairs toilet in this boogie wonderland. Once upon a time, it dispensed ‘sensual, ribbed and coloured’ variety packs to randy concertgoers with their minds on making sweet music of a different kind.In the dressing room, a flood of images come out to greet me from an antique mirror as I revel in a moment of nostalgia in these cosy backstage quarters. I can still picture former proprietor, the affable and charming Seamie Flynn, walking these corridors, greeting musicians and patrons as if into his home.Sitting on the bar in the main hall, an unopened bottle of Corrib Ginger Ale still waits patiently for a stiff drink to come along and liven things up.Posters and fliers that litter the venue tell their own tales of raucous musical capers from the likes of Sharon Shannon, The Spice-ish Girls, Slackjaw and the Australian Pink Floyd.These walls are filled with music, memories and laughter. Hopefully one day soon they will ooze vitality once more.It would be a Royal shame if they don’t!by Alan [email protected] pictures by Brian Gavin/Press 22last_img read more

Injured Gambo Discharged from Hospital, Back in Kano

first_imgRivers United Secretary, Abdulrahman visited Gambo at BMH on Monday, accompanied by the club’s Co-ordinator, Bashiru Badawi and three of the Rivers United players, Wilson Andoh, Sunday Rotimi and club captain, Festus Austin.The Pillars burly forward had clashed in mid-air with United’s Ghanaian striker, Andoh on the 8th minute of the contest decided at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium and was promptly taken to the BMH after preliminary treatment by the two Rivers United doctors. Gambo was back to his feet by Monday evening.The Pillars captain was eventually discharged yesterday morning and was accompanied to the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa by the club’s Team Manager, Salisu Yaro and team doctor as they made their way back to Kano.Abdulrahman said that Gambo had fully recovered and was full of gratitude for all who contributed to his rapid recovery.“I personally drove Gambo to the Port Harcourt airport on Tuesday alongside two other officials of Kano Pillars.“Their flight to Abuja from Port Harcourt was for 9am but we were at the airport before 7am.“I just received a call from the Pillars’ Team Manager, Yaro informing me that they had arrived Kano,” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Kano Pillars forward, Gambo Mohammed who was hospitalised following an aerial collision with Wilson Andoh during the Match-day 12 clash with Rivers United has been discharged from hospital and returned to Kano Tuesday morning.While in hospital, Gambo was visited by some players of Rivers United at the Braithwaite Memorial Hospital (BMH) in Port Harcourt.Gambo was taken to the hospital after suffering a rupture of the tympanic membrane in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clash against Rivers United.last_img read more

Are England destined for third straight Six Nations title?

first_img StumbleUpon SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Submit Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Share Related Articles Share It’s that time of the year when Six Nations Rugby returns to our screens, with five physically intense rounds of competition spread across February and Match.England head into the Championships as favourites, with back to back triumphs, including a Grand Slam in 2016, but could the Red Rose’s impressive form be set to crash in early 2018?Joe Lovelace, Head of PR at Marathonbet, has been discussing England and who the bookies say are their closest rivals: “Under Eddie Jones, England have been imperious, winning 22 out of a possible 23 Test matches, deservedly heading into the championship as the bookmaker’s favourites. “A third straight Six Nations would be impressive but a host of injuries to key players makes this even tougher. “But if England’s young players stand up, be counted and take their opportunity, retaining the title and claiming a Grand Slam is very possible. “England and Ireland are hot favourites, it could all come down to the last round where Twickenham plays host to these two teams in what will be a mouth-watering encounter.”All eyes could well fall onto that fixture in the final round, with England seeking revenge for their sole loss under Australian coach Jones, with Ireland triumphing 13-9 in the final game of last seasons tournament.However, could customers be backing a certain nation who showed great resurgence in an impressive 2017: “Unsurprisingly the majority of our punters at Marathonbet have been backing England to win a record third straight Six Nations, with a few backing a Grand Slam along the way, but ultimately believing they’ll come up trumps overall. “For the first time in a while though we’ve seen a number of punters backing Scotland to go all the way – testament to an impressive 2017 that saw them beat Ireland, Wales and Australia with Gregor Townsend’s expensive brand of rugby.”Would Scottish success be a surprise given recent Six Nations performances? And could we see a change of nation propping up the table? Lovelace added: “Scotland won’t be surprising anyone this season, because their Six Nations rivals will not be taking them lightly after some impressive results from this young exciting side last year. “They’re considerably better odds than France and Wales to win this season’s championship and our punters’ activity backs this up with many backing them to claim Six Nations glory at 7/1. “Wales are unusual outsiders at 15/1 to go all the way despite having the experienced British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland, this is mainly down to them missing a host of star players through injury and introducing a new brand of free-flowing rugby.“Italy are destined for the wooden spoon once again, there doesn’t look to be much hope of them not losing all five games – we’ve priced them at 500/1 to win the tournament to back this up.”Amongst all the talk of potential Six Nations winner and losers, Lovelace went on to discuss the current state of rugby union betting, and what can be done to ensure it grows and increases its appeal: “Betting on rugby union and Six Nations has improved over the past few years but there is a long way to go for it to compete and rival the likes of football, tennis, darts and other sports that have a far higher level of activity from our punters. “Educating customers around the variety of markets the betting industry has to offer will go a long way to showing punters that rugby union has as much to offer as any other sport has to offer. Rugby isn’t seen as a traditional betting sport, this perception needs to change going forward.”last_img read more