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Bahrain: Surveillance software, provided by Nokia Siemens Networks & Trovicor, allegedly used to obtain information during interrogation & torture of dissidents - includes company comments

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27 September 2011

EU Curbs Export of Surveillance Systems

Author: Vernon Silver, Bloomberg

The European Union will curb the export of telephone- and data-interception technology to nations that use the tools to violate human rights, following reports that Western surveillance gear was used to track dissidents in Middle East crackdowns...Bloomberg News reported in August that a monitoring system sold and maintained by European companies had generated text- message transcripts used in the interrogation of a human-rights activist tortured in Bahrain...“It depends on the goodwill of companies to be transparent, and the goodwill of countries to monitor them,” [Marietje Schaake, a Dutch member of the Parliament] said.

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29 August 2011

Bahrain’s Use of NSN Technology to Torture Activists Shows Need for Corporate Accountability and Home Government Oversight

Author: Meg Roggensack, Senior Advisor, Business and Human Rights, Human Rights First

Nokia Siemens Networks is once again in the headlines for its role in providing technology that enabled a repressive government to surveil, interrogate and detain activists...A story by Bloomberg Markets raises fresh questions about the responsibilities of companies that sell this technology, and whether home governments should adopt some oversight of these sales.

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Author: مركز البحرين لحقوق الإنسان

طلب مشرِّعون في البرلمان الأوروبي من الإتحاد الأوروبي أن يحقق في ما إذا كانت بعض الشركات قد ساهمت في حدوث انتهاكات حقوق الإنسان عن طريق بيعها لمعدات مراقبة لحكومات قمعية. وطلبت ميريج سكاك وهي نائبة هولندية في البرلمان الأوروبي وخمسة من زملائها في البرلمان التحقيق اليوم بعد أن ذكرت وكالة بلومبرج الإخبارية أن نظام مراقبة تم بيعه وصيانته من قبل شركات أوروبية قد استخدم في استخراج سجل رسائل نصية استخدم في التحقيق مع ناشط في مجال حقوق الإنسان تم تعذيبه في البحرين...تقنية المراقبة التي تستعمل في البحرين كانت قد بيعت من قبل شركة سيمنز، وتابعت صيانتها لاحقاً شركية نوكيا سيمنز للاتصالات، وبعدها تابعت صيانتها شركة تروفيكور التي يقع مقرها في ميونخ والتي باعتها شركة نوكيا سيمنز...وكانت مصر وسوريا قد اشترتا مراكز مراقبة من الشركة التي تعرف الآن باسم تروفيكور، وذلك طبقاً لما ذكره شخصان لهما صلة بتركيب هذه المراكز، كما قالا بأن هذه الأجهزة تستخدم لأغراض المراقبة في 12 دولة على الأقل في منطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا.

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23 August 2011

Telecoms and human rights

Author: Nokia Siemens Networks

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22 August 2011

Torture in Bahrain Aided by Nokia Siemens

Author: Vernon Silver & Ben Elgin, Bloomberg

[scroll down for statement by Nokia Siemens Networks] Bahraini jailers armed with stiff rubber hoses beat the 39-year-old school administrator and human rights activist...[then] Al Khanjar…[was] question[ed] by a[n]…officer armed with…transcripts of his text messages and details from personal mobile phone conversations…Computers loaded with Western-made surveillance software generated the transcripts wielded in the interrogations described by Al Khanjar and scores of other detainees whose similar treatment was tracked by rights activists...The spy gear in Bahrain was sold by Siemens…and maintained by Nokia Siemens Networks [joint venture Nokia and Siemens] and…Trovicor GmbH, according to two people whose positions at the companies gave them direct knowledge of the installations…The sale and maintenance contracts were…confirmed by…a Nokia Siemens spokesman...Asked whether Trovicor…sold monitoring centers to Middle Eastern nations…[NSN] says the company can’t talk about specific countries…Siemens…says…all documentation from the intelligence solutions unit had been transferred to Nokia Siemens…Trovicor…said Trovicor’s contracts prevent it from disclosing its customers or the countries where it does business…[refers to Nice Systems, Verint System, Facebook, TeleStrategies, GlassCube, Perusa Partners Fund]

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