WHAT IS THE SNOWDEN TREATY

In 2013 Edward Snowden, a U.S. whistleblower, made data available to journalists showing the previously unimaginable scale of the U.S. and other governments mass and untargeted surveillance of their citizens.

This breach of millions of people’s privacy is in direct contravention of international human right law. In particular, the right to privacy is enshrined in Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and Article 17 of the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights.

Protecting the right to privacy is vital not just in itself but because it is an essential requirement for the exercise of freedom of opinion and expression, the most fundamental pillars of democracy.

Despite doing us a tremendous public service by bringing these abuses to light, Edward Snowden was forced to flee certain incarceration in the U.S.

These revelations, and the treatment meted out to Snowden, have revealed the need for greater rights protections for citizens globally. We are campaigning for governments to sign up to the Snowden Treaty, a proposed treaty that would curtail mass surveillance and protect the rights of whistleblowers.

Voices such as Noam Chomsky, Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, Oliver Stone and Joseph Gordon Levitt have already lent their support to the campaign. You can join them by following and retweeting from the @Snowdentreaty and @Davidmirandario twitter accounts and, joining David Miranda’s Facebook Page, where we post campaign updates and action alerts. 

Collectively we can raise the pressure on governments around the world to genuinely protect our rights!

WHAT IS PRIVACY

 PRIVACY  

noun, plural privacies.

1. the state of being apart from other people or concealed from their view; solitude; seclusion:

 We demand privacy on the internet. 

2. the state of being free from unwanted or undue intrusion or disturbance in one’s private life or affairs; freedom to be let alone

 We demand privacy in our homes.  

3.freedom from damaging publicity, public scrutiny, secret surveillance, or unauthorized disclosure of one’s personal data or information, whether by government, corporation, or individual.

 We demand the government protects our personal privacy online. 

Some of Our Partners

 

Glenn Greenwald

American lawyer and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.

 

 

 

 

Noam Chomsky

American linguist, philosopher,

cognitive scientist and social justice

activist. Professor at MIT.

 

 

 

Laura Poitras

Academy Award-winning American documentary film director for “Citizenfour”.

 

 

 

David Miranda

Brazilian coordinator of the campaign for asylum to Snowden in Brazil.

 

 

 

 

 

Jacob Appelbaum

American independent journalist, computer security researcher and hacker.

 

 

 

Jeremy Scahill

Investigative journalist

Founding editor of The

Intercept and author of

“Blackwater: the Rise of the World’s Most

Powerful Mercenary Army”

 

 

Mariéme Jamme

Senegalese born-British activist for education, government transparency and the spread of technology in Africa. Co-founder of Africa Gathering and CEO of SpotOne Global Solutions.

 

 

 

Vivienne Westwood

English fashion designer and businesswoman. Activist for civil rights, disarmament and against

climate change.

 

 

 

DJ Spooky

American electronic and experimental hip hop musician and DJ; producer, philosopher and author. Professor of Music Mediated Art at the European Graduate School and is the Executive Editor of Origin Magazine.

 

 

Kim Dotcom

Geman-Finnish internet businessman. Founder of Megaupload and Internet Party at New Zealand.

 

 

 

 

John Cusack

American actor, producer and screenwriter.