Data Surveillance Event in Parliament, 17th December 2013

Last Tuesday the Labour Campaign for Human Rights hosted a discussion on the theme ‘GCHQ and the fight against terrorism: does UK surveillance go too far?’ We were thrilled by the fantastic attendance and the quality of the discussion. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our speakers and everyone else who attended and made it into such a fascinating evening.

If you weren’t able to attend you can see the live coverage of the event here http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/17/alan-rusbridger-jimmy-wales-ex-gchq-chief-debate-spying-live, or else see the article on the event here  http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/dec/17/spy-chiefs-accountability-to-parliament-gchq. Please also find below some pictures from the event.

Finally, all that’s left to do is to wish you all a very happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year!

Event: ‘GCHQ and the fight against terrorism: does UK surveillance go too far?’

Panel discussion followed by Q&A.

Tuesday 17 December, 6:15pm-8pm. Committee Room 6, Houses of Parliament.

Speakers:

Alan Rusbridger, Editor-in-Chief of the Guardian newspaper

 Sir David Omand, former Director of GCHQ

George Howarth MP, Labour member of the Intelligence and Security Committee

Diana Johnson MP, Labour Shadow Home Affairs Minister

 Katy Clark MP, Labour Party

Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia

Andrew Noakes (Chair), Chair of the Labour Campaign for Human Rights

As Edward Snowden’s revelations about the spying activities of US and UK intelligence services continue to cause controversy on both sides of the Atlantic, the Labour Campaign for Human Rights would like to invite you to an event exploring what the limits should be to UK surveillance in the fight against terrorism.

GCHQ’s ambitious ‘Tempora’ data surveillance programme has proved to be one of the most controversial secrets revealed by Snowden. The programme is said to collect and store the Internet data of millions of people, including UK citizens. This includes facebook messages, emails, skype calls, and personal Internet history.

Some MPs have expressed deep concern about Tempora and the alleged lack of effective parliamentary oversight of UK intelligence agencies. But others have defended the programme and instead attacked the Guardian newspaper for its role in publishing the Snowden revelations, accusing it of endangering national security.

At this event, we ask our panel whether UK surveillance has gone too far, or whether we are being too protective of our privacy in light of the security threats we face.

If you are coming from outside Parliament, please use the Cromwell Green entrance and allow 20 minutes to pass through security.

This event is public and open to everyone. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to patrick.phongsathorn@lchr.org.uk

Photos from the LCHR Launch Event

Last Wednesday LCHR had its Launch Event – “A Labour Vision for Human Rights” – at The Houses of Parliament. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended, especially our thought-provoking panellists: Sadiq Khan MP, Stephen Twigg MP, Kerry McCarthy MP, David Mepham and Andrew Noakes. Here are some pictures from the event courtesy of Rob Pinney. Click on the images to enlarge.

“A Labour Vision for Human Rights” – LCHR’s Launch Event

LCHR is very pleased to announce our public launch event, which will be a panel discussion featuring leading members of the Labour Shadow Cabinet and the UK Director of Human Rights Watch. Our panellists will speak to the theme “A Labour Vision for Human Rights”. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A. Our panel members are:

The Rt. Hon. Sadiq Khan MP, Shadow Justice Secretary

Kerry McCarthy MP, Shadow Foreign Office Minister

David Mepham, UK Director of Human Rights Watch

Andrew Noakes, Chair of the Labour Campaign for Human Rights

The event will take place on 30 October, 6.30pm-8pm in Committee Room 6 in the Houses of Parliament. It is open to all. If you wish to attend, please RSVP to Patrick Phongsathorn at patrick.phongsathorn@lchr.org.uk

The event will start promptly at 6:30pm. If you are coming from outside Parliament, please enter through the Cromwell Green entrance and allow 20 minutes to pass through security.