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Date: 2002-02-28

Cybercrime: Aktion gegen Zusatzprotokoll 2


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33 Organisationen aus 16 Ländern in fünf Kontinentensind es
mittlerweile, die vom Europarat eine Ende der Heimlichtuer/ei verlangen.
Jetzt gehts um ein wiederum geheimes Zusatzprotokoll, das die
Überwachung der Kommunikation von Terroristen regeln soll. Auch
Nicht-Mitglieder der Gobal Internet Liberty Campaign können
unterschreiben - wir leiten es gerne weiter: nur *Organisationen* please.


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February 28, 2002

Dear Council of Europe Secretary-General Walter Schwimmer:

We are non-governmental organizations from Council of Europe member
and observer nations who share a common desire to protect human
rights on the global Internet. Many of the undersigned organizations had
previously sent you three letters as members of Global Internet Liberty
Campaign (dated Oct. 18, Dec. 12, 2000, and Feb. 6, 2002) that raised
a number of concerns regarding the Council of Europe activities on
computer-related crime and international co-operation.

We understand that a second draft protocol is under discussion within
the Council of Europe 'to cover also terrorist messages and the
decoding thereof' [1]. It appears to be a derivative effort from the Racist
and Xenophobic activities [2]; and could serve as a basis for the revision
of the Convention on Suppressing Terrorist activity [3].

We are writing to ask for the public release of this discussion draft as
soon as it is completed, as well as preliminary meeting documents in
order to provide us with the opportunity to participate in your
discussions. Given the potentially serious ramifications of the proposed
second protocol and related work of the CoE, we believe its draft text
must be disclosed to allow vigorous and wide-ranging debate over its
merits.

The signatories are of the unanimous view that the development of any
protocol or treaty should conform with principles of transparency and
democratic decision-making. Over the past 18 months, GILC and its
member organizations have appealed to you personally and the CoE
committees on many occasions to open up the development processes,
to allow for broader participation, while we repeatedly offered our time
and experience for consultation. As the CoE expands even further the
powers of law enforcement authorities and definitions of offences, it
manages to do so under increasingly closed and secretive conditions.
We continue to be disappointed by the CoE's practice of creating
important international conventions and treaties under the protection of
obscurity. This opaque and non-democratic process is particularly
surprising in contrast with the CoE's previous important contributions to
liberty and human rights.

For these reasons, we urge you to release information and draft
documents regarding this second protocol to the general public if it is
finished, or to release the document as soon as it is completed.

Sincerely,

American Civil Liberties Union (US)

ARTICLE 19-The Global Campaign for Free Expression

Association for Progressive Communications

Associazione per la Liberta nella Comunicazione Elettronica Interattiva
(IT)

Bits of Freedom (NL)

Bulgarian Institute for Legal Development (BG)

Center for Democracy and Technology (US)

Chaos Computer Club (DE)

Cyber-Rights & Cyber-Liberties (UK)

Derechos Human Rights (US)

Digital Freedom Network (US)

Digital Rights (DK)

Electronic Frontiers Australia (AU)

Electronic Frontier Foundation (US)

Electronic Privacy Information Center (US)

Equipo Nizkor (ES)

Feminists Against Censorship (UK)

Förderverein Informationstechnik und Gesellschaft (DE)

Foundation for Information Policy Research (UK)

Human Rights Network (RU)

Human Rights Watch

Imaginons un Réseau Internet Solidaire (FR)

Internet Society of Bulgaria (BG)

Liberty (UK)

The Link Centre, Wits University, Johannesburg (ZA)

Networkers against Surveillance Taskforce (JP)

Online Policy Group (US)

Privacy International (UK)

Privacy Ukraine (UA)

Quintessenz (AT)

Swiss Internet User Group (CH)

VIBE!AT - Verein für Internet-Benutzer Österreichs (AT)

XS4ALL (NL)

http://www..gilc.org





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