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Article

3 Feb 2013

Author:
Privacy International

Human rights organisations file formal complaints against surveillance firms Gamma International and Trovicor with British and German governments

Privacy International, the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, Bahrain Watch and Reporters without Borders filed formal complaints with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in the UK and Germany against two surveillance companies...The complainants argue that there are grounds to investigate whether surveillance products and services provided by Gamma International and Trovicor have been instrumental in multiple human rights abuses in Bahrain, including arbitrary detention and torture, as well as violations of the right to privacy, freedom of expression and freedom of association...If the allegations are upheld, the companies are likely to be found to be in breach of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.