EU May Probe Bahrain Spy Gear Abuses

Author: Vernon Silver, Bloomberg, Published on: 24 August 2011

European Union legislators asked the EU to investigate whether companies have aided human rights violations by selling surveillance gear to repressive governments...after Bloomberg...reported 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...The probe would determine whether any European security and communications companies contributed to “human rights violations, in particular in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Bahrain and Iran,” the request says...The surveillance technology in Bahrain was sold by Siemens AG (SIE), and later maintained by Nokia Siemens Networks, followed by NSN’s divested unit...Trovicor...Siemens and Trovicor declined to comment...NSN said a major reason it sold the business was the risk of human rights abuses. The company has since established a human rights policy and due diligence program...

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