European Court Of Human Rights Fast-tracks Case Against GCHQ; More Organizations Launch Legal Challenges To UK Spying

from the on-the-defensive dept

Back in December, we wrote about a legal action that a group of digital rights activists had brought against GCHQ, alleging that the UK's mass online surveillance programs have breached the privacy of tens of millions of people across the UK and Europe. In an unexpected turn of events, the court involved -- the European Court of Human Rights -- has put the case in the fast lane:

The court has completed its preliminary examination of the case and has communicated it to the British government, asking it to justify how GCHQ's practices and the current system of oversight comply with the right to privacy under Article 8 of the European Convention. The court has also given the case a rare 'priority' designation. The government now has until 2 May to respond, after which the case will move into the final stages before judgment.
Any hopes the UK government may have had that the case would amble slowly through the legal system until people had forgotten about it have now been dashed. Moreover, it has been put on the spot by the court, which has asked a very specific question about how the UK government thinks it can square mass surveillance with the EU European right to privacy. It will be interesting to see how the UK responds.

Nor is this the only legal challenge to GCHQ's activities. In the December post, we reported that Amnesty International was using the UK's Investigatory Powers Tribunal to argue that spying on communications breaches the UK's Human Rights Act. Now we learn it has been joined by two others groups -- one from inside, the other from outside the UK:

Privacy International's partner organisation, Bytes for All, has filed a complaint against the Government, decrying the human rights violations inherent in such extensive surveillance and demonstrating how the UK's mass surveillance operations and its policies have a disproportionate impact on those who live outside the country.

Bytes for All, a Pakistan-based human rights organization, filed its complaint in the UK Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT), the same venue in which Privacy International lodged a similar complaint last July.
Privacy International's post quoted above points out that, just like the US, the UK offers fewer safeguards when it comes to overseas surveillance:
While such mass surveillance, in and of itself, is violative of human rights, that infringement is compounded where foreigners' phone calls, emails, or internet searches are intercepted as they currently receive even fewer legal protections than the communications of those who reside in the UK. In addition to violating Articles 8 and 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR), which protect private communications, such disparate treatment is a violation of Article 14 that prohibits discrimination of all sorts, including based on nationality.
None of these legal challenges on its own represents a serious threat to the UK government, but together they ensure that GCHQ's surveillance activities remain in the spotlight, and that the UK government is forced to justify its activities -- just what it is trying to avoid.

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    kobla Carbonu, 11 Apr 2014 @ 1:04pm

    LEGITIMISING / LEGALIZATION OF COUP D’E TAT/ TREASON / ALTERATION /ABROGATION OF THE 1992 REPUBLICAN CONSTITUTION CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY SLAVERY NEO COLONIZATION AND CORRUPTION IN GHANA UNDER THE WATCH OF U N ITS AGENCIES AND ICC?

    Attention: Ban Kim Moon
    THE SECRETARY GENERAL, UNITED NATIONS

    UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHT COUNCIL

    INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT
    THE HAGUE



    Attention: Ban Kim Moon
    THE SECRETARY GENERAL, UNITED NATIONS

    UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHT COUNCIL

    INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT
    THE HAGUE


    LEGITIMISING / LEGALIZATION OF COUP D’E TAT/ TREASON / ALTERATION
    /ABROGATION OF THE 1992 REPUBLICAN CONSTITUTION CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY SLAVERY NEO COLONIZATION AND CORRUPTION IN GHANA UNDER THE WATCH OF U N ITS AGENCIES AND ICC?
    1. Petitioner(s) refer to his several petitions addressed to you including some dated as far beyond the year 2005, and copied head of states and governments its parliament, chief justices and several others, claiming against John Ageykum kuffour, John Evans Atta mills(a so call law professor,very lawless, legal illiterate, intellectual slave, bloodthirsty savage, live illegally and late shamefully in the presidency) of the presidency of Ghana, office of parliament, six supreme court justices including the chief justice /office,offce of council of state, electoral commission (not to put up criminals for election) and others for condoning, providing aid and comfort to treasonable characters /coupist, Bank of Ghana and Ghana commercial froudsters ;drug barons ,armed rubbers, and persons diverting pre mix fuel and other fruads with intend to file additional claims on receipt of decision, (Jahn Dramani Mahama then in (member of) parliament, effectively collaborated and or silent on / in the illegality, vetted, approved (some the treasonable) accused persons mention above as supreme court chiefs /Justices and the fraudulent court fees. See the frudulent C I 45 intended to frustrate petitioner(s),while there was petitions pending against them and or before them, and at the presidency vice / president took oath(s) / chairman of the police council, whose notorious police force with the collusion with their colonial masters and the judiciary on occasions ambushed ,kidnapped / adopted / terrorized /tortured /detained, starved and with force and harm steal / confiscated petitioner’s mobile phones temporary,believe in the process bag the phone, this is the second time, my first phone(bird pink)is still in their custody since 4/14/ 04, and attempted killing and or manipulating the death of petitioner and also on the 3 /28 / 2012
    2. These notorious criminals /intellectual slaves are perpetuating ,and supporting the crimes by providing aid/job and comfort to themselves while the petitioner, victims and dependents continue to suffer from effect of accused /criminals /crime /injuries
    3. Britain and America are accessories to the crimes / the lawlessness.
    4. Petitioner(s)/ victims yet to receive single response or reliefs ‘sought up to date.
    5. These criminals (Jahn Dramani Mahama including) (and on the 12/7/12) submitted in the name of political parties, to unsuspecting Ghanaians for election under the auspices of the electoral commission without purging themselves of the treasonable conduct occupy offices of the presidency/parliament/judiciary /appointing/approving people in the name of doing Government business under the very 1992 constitution of republic of Ghana, they (the criminals conspired),abrogated /altrated or part of it ,and or subverted and have not restored it, or cure it, is in effect, it effect on their victims /petitioner(s) the unlawful alteration and abrogation and or violation of (all) the chapters, including the unnumbered preamble people’s aoth/contract with all people of the world and GOD page of 210 pages of the 1992 republican constitution of Ghana / 0r part /a cospiration to adopt / enact to abuse human right through and or by the unlawlful abrogation of the constitution ,and other crimes is in effect and it’s effect not remedy/cured, culminating the continual violations of victims human right and suffering.(unlawful alteration of extract adminitrative rules and regulations and professional codes Ministry of health May 1995 clause (7) of requlations 14) initiated by commission on human right and adminitrative justice, ministry of justice and health of Ghana .See article 1,2,3, and 11 of the1992 constitution of Ghana and the criminal code of 1960 act 29 section180-182 & 22 (ect) Not to talk of several renew fresh attempts to murder petitioner, vanished the body and or strategically toxin poison petitioner or course death through (motto) accident and or interference in petitioner means of survival,including inducing /manipulating /coercing/trap petitioner to sin and or secum to their cohesive demonic maneuvers to enable the criminals /demons to blackmail /demonized petitioner into people disaffection, including invading / intruding into petitioner private life even to the extend of exposing petitioner private part / nude pictures / films through the use of surveillance set light sets for exclusive public use /view of the criminals gangs refer above and their family / kinsmen /colonial and imperial masters over a whisky ,bear and or coffee, virtually ,this is their solution to the problem, this is the extend some black men /a generation can go to sacrifice their brethrens, in defense of their colonial and slave masters ;a generation of spoil pampered, lazy dadi ba / child/ children, uninovative, thief’s ,psychopaths, kleptomaniacs; a greedy recycle octogenarian politicians whose offsprings / generation /gens think they have the devilish right to rule/and have demonically strategically position themselves;brothers sisters uncles, nieces, cousins, nephews and school mates, in all sphere of our life, be it in the executives legislature judiciary ect and have arrogantly turn state offices nto their private kitchen, they even think they are above the law/state and will doanything to materialize their devilish wishes even if it entails killing people and getaway wit it..
    6. If I die or killed through the manipulation of these notorious criminals/ who are only accountable to some devilish / demonic, faceless, filthy, blood thirsty, stinking cult /cultist the world will appreciate on whose hands / heads my blood is / will be and history will absorbed me (stev biko, and co history absorbed then)
    7. The media gang up and have become virtualy an accomplices in the crimes and look on the continual lawlessness -the question of the fraudulent court fees / C.I , why the Supreme Court will list and hear some cases while refusing to list others cases that were registered before the later and on the question of the foundation of the supreme court that they the cultist, treasonable legal illiterates,blood thirsty savages chief /justices/ lawyers colluded and subverted the orderly struchtures of the court and their ethics by their judgements,but the media rather decided to feed the public with timid comic or concert like media reportage.See supreme court case /judgment J5/24/04 dated 10/26/ 04 coram Miss SA Akuffo, Dr S.Twum, Dr SK. Date-Bah. FM Lartey. RT Aninakah, Kobla Carbonu vs GK Acquah and see case J7/2/05.that join the obove name so call supreme court justices,office of parliament and office of counsel of state and electrol commision as respondents to the suit coram.W.A.Atugaba See how he(Atugaba} visited the treasonable misbehavior of his colleagues/paneling the case to single supreme court on the petitioner being applicant in his judgment dated11/ 23/04. No wonder they chief/justices refused to list the case J5/2/ 05 filed aginst them on 24/12/ 04,serve on them,No defence file,up todate Connivance in looting state coffers, media men in Ghana each given up to about over($ 90.000.00) ninty thousand dollars, is it for the gang up and or the salience?
    8. It is petitioner(s) hope world citizenry, the international coumunity,U N and its agencies, governments and head of Governments and it institutions would not look on and bring itself into disrepute and allow these historically barbaric cancar, these criminality/ terrorists/ traitors / treachery / wickedness / coupist / /mutineers/ cultists /witchery/wizards /envy and hatred for the petitioner(s) and truth /murderers / blood thirsty savages ( these demons are also in link with some wizards and witches claiming to be petitioner’s family/dependants/community members) this insanity tendency be perpetuated. And hope the world (leaders) will not appear cooperating/aiding/supporting this criminals/state or orders (from jurisdiction of Ghana) and or by inviting and or hosting them as honorable men and women.
    9. Until then any business done with this notorious criminals refer above (in the name of the republic of Ghana) is done at one’s own / country risk because this criminals are illegitimately contracting contracts recklessly and are in all forms of fraudulent alliances virtually as agents of their slave,(cult) masters, exploiting / selling, stealing the worth / resource of the people in the name of doing government business in the name of the people, thereby keeping the people impoverished and underdeveloped, to enable them (the criminals and their collaborators) perpetuate and entrench their slavery /neo colonial and demonic cultist agenda , for one day, the good people(of Ghana ) will not be responsible for this criminals actions and inactions.(what is more slavery or crime against humanity than one entering into an arrangement in which a Nation owed less than 50 percent “ share” of it owned “natural’’ resources?)
    10. As for the clergy the way they are conducting themselves, I hope if Jesus Christ came again they will not gang up with the politician and intend to kill and kill him again .
    11. The armed forces have a constitutional responsibility to intervene temporary, clean up this mess /this ‘’John John and Jimmie Jimmie” nonsense, restore the constitution hand over to a new clean civilian Government and quickly go back to barracks ( all this demons have soil their hands and are incapable of doing any clean up)
    12. Human Right abuse anywhere is a threat to human right abuse everywhere.
    13. By this copy print /circulate / past /sent to as many as you can.
    14. By this correspondence, your advice assistance and representation.
    15. The1992 republican constitution of Ghana is in deep trouble lawlessness is engulfing all of us. (petitioner have the capacity to defend any single word / adjective used)
    16. I have decided to copy all head of states, Governments, it other arms of governments including it chiefs/ justices and several others. International morality is at stake.
    17. Your Intervention Response and Reliefs sought. Please.
    Yours in the struggle for democracy, rule of law, probity accountability human rights, Justice, liberty, and the struggle against crime against humanity /minority groupings

    Kobla Carbonu
    Spokesperson (for PETWI) Box md 124.Accra-Ghana. Mobile (233)(0302) 0244938277 Email-Kcarbonu@yahoo.com / facebook/kobla Carbonu
    NB My yahoo E-mail has been invaded and access tempered, I do not wont to think that it because yahoo is British owned organization.ICC web site claim it will not be dealing with cases before them and being dealt with in other united nations agencies or other regional bodies, how do people know it positions on issues, if ICC cannot communicate simple acknowledgment of receipt of their client petitions addressed to them, does this not raise contradiction issues on the claim independency of ICC What do UN/HRC and ICC do?. This petition was first transmitted to the petitioned(s) on 9/13/13.(with some modification) Petitioner was brutally attacked and or attempt to murder petitioner by agents/forces believe to be agents of the above mentioned criminals on
    11/25/13 and other provocations
    1. Petitioner(s) refer to his several petitions addressed to you including some dated as far beyond the year 2005, and copied head of states and governments its parliament, chief justices and several others, claiming against John Ageykum kuffour, John Evans Atta mills(a so call law professor,very lawless, legal illiterate, intellectual slave, bloodthirsty savage, live illegally and late shamefully in the presidency) of the presidency of Ghana, office of parliament, six supreme court justices including the chief justice /office,offce of council of state, electoral commission (not to put up criminals for election) and others for condoning, providing aid and comfort to treasonable characters /coupist, Bank of Ghana and Ghana commercial froudsters ;drug barons ,armed rubbers, and persons diverting pre mix fuel and other fruads with intend to file additional claims on receipt of decision, (Jahn Dramani Mahama then in (member of) parliament, effectively collaborated and or silent on / in the illegality, vetted, approved (some the treasonable) accused persons mention above as supreme court chiefs /Justices and the fraudulent court fees. See the frudulent C I 45 intended to frustrate petitioner(s),while there was petitions pending against them and or before them, and at the presidency vice / president took oath(s) / chairman of the police council, whose notorious police force with the collusion with their colonial masters and the judiciary on occasions ambushed ,kidnapped / adopted / terrorized /tortured /detained, starved and with force and harm steal / confiscated petitioner’s mobile phones temporary,believe in the process bag the phone, this is the second time, my first phone(bird pink)is still in their custody since 4/14/ 04, and attempted killing and or manipulating the death of petitioner and also on the 3 /28 / 2012
    2. These notorious criminals /intellectual slaves are perpetuating ,and supporting the crimes by providing aid/job and comfort to themselves while the petitioner, victims and dependents continue to suffer from effect of accused /criminals /crime /injuries
    3. Britain and America are accessories to the crimes / the lawlessness.
    4. Petitioner(s)/ victims yet to receive single response or reliefs ‘sought up to date.
    5. These criminals (Jahn Dramani Mahama including) (and on the 12/7/12) submitted in the name of political parties, to unsuspecting Ghanaians for election under the auspices of the electoral commission without purging themselves of the treasonable conduct occupy offices of the presidency/parliament/judiciary /appointing/approving people in the name of doing Government business under the very 1992 constitution of republic of Ghana, they (the criminals conspired),abrogated /altrated or part of it ,and or subverted and have not restored it, or cure it, is in effect, it effect on their victims /petitioner(s) the unlawful alteration and abrogation and or violation of (all) the chapters, including the unnumbered preamble people’s aoth/contract with all people of the world and GOD page of 210 pages of the 1992 republican constitution of Ghana / 0r part /a cospiration to adopt / enact to abuse human right through and or by the unlawlful abrogation of the constitution ,and other crimes is in effect and it’s effect not remedy/cured, culminating the continual violations of victims human right and suffering.(unlawful alteration of extract adminitrative rules and regulations and professional codes Ministry of health May 1995 clause (7) of requlations 14) initiated by commission on human right and adminitrative justice, ministry of justice and health of Ghana .See article 1,2,3, and 11 of the1992 constitution of Ghana and the criminal code of 1960 act 29 section180-182 & 22 (ect) Not to talk of several renew fresh attempts to murder petitioner, vanished the body and or strategically toxin poison petitioner or course death through (motto) accident and or interference in petitioner means of survival,including inducing /manipulating /coercing/trap petitioner to sin and or secum to their cohesive demonic maneuvers to enable the criminals /demons to blackmail /demonized petitioner into people disaffection, including invading / intruding into petitioner private life even to the extend of exposing petitioner private part / nude pictures / films through the use of surveillance set light sets for exclusive public use /view of the criminals gangs refer above and their family / kinsmen /colonial and imperial masters over a whisky ,bear and or coffee, virtually ,this is their solution to the problem, this is the extend some black men /a generation can go to sacrifice their brethrens, in defense of their colonial and slave masters ;a generation of spoil pampered, lazy dadi ba / child/ children, uninovative, thief’s ,psychopaths, kleptomaniacs; a greedy recycle octogenarian politicians whose offsprings / generation /gens think they have the devilish right to rule/and have demonically strategically position themselves;brothers sisters uncles, nieces, cousins, nephews and school mates, in all sphere of our life, be it in the executives legislature judiciary ect and have arrogantly turn state offices nto their private kitchen, they even think they are above the law/state and will doanything to materialize their devilish wishes even if it entails killing people and getaway wit it..
    6. If I die or killed through the manipulation of these notorious criminals/ who are only accountable to some devilish / demonic, faceless, filthy, blood thirsty, stinking cult /cultist the world will appreciate on whose hands / heads my blood is / will be and history will absorbed me (stev biko, and co history absorbed then)
    7. The media gang up and have become virtualy an accomplices in the crimes and look on the continual lawlessness -the question of the fraudulent court fees / C.I , why the Supreme Court will list and hear some cases while refusing to list others cases that were registered before the later and on the question of the foundation of the supreme court that they the cultist, treasonable legal illiterates,blood thirsty savages chief /justices/ lawyers colluded and subverted the orderly struchtures of the court and their ethics by their judgements,but the media rather decided to feed the public with timid comic or concert like media reportage.See supreme court case /judgment J5/24/04 dated 10/26/ 04 coram Miss SA Akuffo, Dr S.Twum, Dr SK. Date-Bah. FM Lartey. RT Aninakah, Kobla Carbonu vs GK Acquah and see case J7/2/05.that join the obove name so call supreme court justices,office of parliament and office of counsel of state and electrol commision as respondents to the suit coram.W.A.Atugaba See how he(Atugaba} visited the treasonable misbehavior of his colleagues/paneling the case to single supreme court on the petitioner being applicant in his judgment dated11/ 23/04. No wonder they chief/justices refused to list the case J5/2/ 05 filed aginst them on 24/12/ 04,serve on them,No defence file,up todate Connivance in looting state coffers, media men in Ghana each given up to about over($ 90.000.00) ninty thousand dollars, is it for the gang up and or the salience?
    8. It is petitioner(s) hope world citizenry, the international coumunity,U N and its agencies, governments and head of Governments and it institutions would not look on and bring itself into disrepute and allow these historically barbaric cancar, these criminality/ terrorists/ traitors / treachery / wickedness / coupist / /mutineers/ cultists /witchery/wizards /envy and hatred for the petitioner(s) and truth /murderers / blood thirsty savages ( these demons are also in link with some wizards and witches claiming to be petitioner’s family/dependants/community members) this insanity tendency be perpetuated. And hope the world (leaders) will not appear cooperating/aiding/supporting this criminals/state or orders (from jurisdiction of Ghana) and or by inviting and or hosting them as honorable men and women.
    9. Until then any business done with this notorious criminals refer above (in the name of the republic of Ghana) is done at one’s own / country risk because this criminals are illegitimately contracting contracts recklessly and are in all forms of fraudulent alliances virtually as agents of their slave,(cult) masters, exploiting / selling, stealing the worth / resource of the people in the name of doing government business in the name of the people, thereby keeping the people impoverished and underdeveloped, to enable them (the criminals and their collaborators) perpetuate and entrench their slavery /neo colonial and demonic cultist agenda , for one day, the good people(of Ghana ) will not be responsible for this criminals actions and inactions.(what is more slavery or crime against humanity than one entering into an arrangement in which a Nation owed less than 50 percent “ share” of it owned “natural’’ resources?)
    10. As for the clergy the way they are conducting themselves, I hope if Jesus Christ came again they will not gang up with the politician and intend to kill and kill him again .
    11. The armed forces have a constitutional responsibility to intervene temporary, clean up this mess /this ‘’John John and Jimmie Jimmie” nonsense, restore the constitution hand over to a new clean civilian Government and quickly go back to barracks ( all this demons have soil their hands and are incapable of doing any clean up)
    12. Human Right abuse anywhere is a threat to human right abuse everywhere.
    13. By this copy print /circulate / past /sent to as many as you can.
    14. By this correspondence, your advice assistance and representation.
    15. The1992 republican constitution of Ghana is in deep trouble lawlessness is engulfing all of us. (petitioner have the capacity to defend any single word / adjective used)
    16. I have decided to copy all head of states, Governments, it other arms of governments including it chiefs/ justices and several others. International morality is at stake.
    17. Your Intervention Response and Reliefs sought. Please.
    Yours in the struggle for democracy, rule of law, probity accountability human rights, Justice, liberty, and the struggle against crime against humanity /minority groupings

    Kobla Carbonu
    Spokesperson (for PETWI) Box md 124.Accra-Ghana. Mobile (233)(0302) 0244938277 Email-Kcarbonu@yahoo.com / facebook/kobla Carbonu
    NB My yahoo E-mail has been invaded and access tempered, I do not wont to think that it because yahoo is British owned organization.ICC web site claim it will not be dealing with cases before them and being dealt with in other united nations agencies or other regional bodies, how do people know it positions on issues, if ICC cannot communicate simple acknowledgment of receipt of their client petitions addressed to them, does this not raise contradiction issues on the claim independency of ICC What do UN/HRC and ICC do?. This petition was first transmitted to the petitioned(s) on 9/13/13.(with some modification) Petitioner was brutally attacked and or attempt to murder petitioner by agents/forces believe to be agents of the above mentioned criminals on
    11/25/13 and other provocations

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