Launch of CAUSE : Coalition Against the Unlawful Surveillance Exports

Launch of CAUSE : Coalition Against the Unlawful Surveillance Exports

followed by an open dialogue on ICT companies and human rights

Friday 4 April @2.30PM University Foundation, 11 rue d’Egmont, Brussels

Recently, the Amesys case and many others have raised questions on the human rights responsibilities of ICT (Information & Communication Technology) companies intercepting communications and/or providing products and services to authoritarian regimes, enabling monitoring, surveillance and censorship of communications. These cases have also proved that international regulatory measures are needed.

To address this issue, civil society groups (FIDH, Amnesty, Human Rights Watch, Privacy International, Reporters without Borders, Digitale Gesellschaft, Open Technology Institute) join together to launch CAUSE. The main goal of the coalition will be to ensure that transfers of commercial surveillance technology do not contribute to human rights abuses or internal repression.

CAUSE’s presentation will be followed by an open dialogue session bringing together known experts, NGOs and stakeholders working on ICT companies regulation and accountability issues as well as representatives of the EU, with a view to trigger a debate on the necessity to regulate the activities of communication surveillance companies.

The program including the list of speakers is available below. The open-dialogue session will be webcast live :

For more information and to RSVP for this event, please contact Geneviève Paul, FIDH Head of Globalization and Human Rights Desk at

Media contacts:
Catherine Absalom (English, French) - Tel: +32 2 609 44 23 (Brussels)
Arthur Manet (French, English, Spanish) - Tel: +33 6 72 28 42 94 (Paris)
Audrey Couprie (French, English, Spanish) - Tel: +33 6 48 05 91 57 (Paris)

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