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Europe Data Protection Digest | Report focuses on Belarus violating human rights via surveillance Related reading: Notes from the Asia-Pacific region, 7 Dec. 2023


Amnesty International has submitted a report to the United Nations Human Rights Committee detailing the ways authorities in Belarus have violated several fundamental human rights, reports. The group highlights the surveillance practices conducted by the Belarusian government, focusing on the System of Operative Investigative Measures, which allows authorities to access communication data. “The possible surveillance restricted human rights defenders, other civil society and political activists as well as journalists in exercising their human rights,” the report states. “The SORM system allows the authorities direct, remote-control access to all user communications and associated data without notifying the providers.” Amnesty International recommends Belarus brings its surveillance practices in line with the country’s international obligations.
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