Daily Links - 1 November

1 November 2005

Responsibility to Protect / Engaging Civil Society (R2PECS)

The Responsibility to Protect is a set of principles intended to guide the international community in preventing and stopping violent conflict, by shifting the focus from state security to human security. This site explains the project and provides key reports.


The latest edition of the IANSA Women’s Network Bulletin celebrates the 5-year anniversary of 1325 by exploring its content, how it has been used in practice, and how it may be used in the future. Read it here.


'Still Waiting After 60 years: Justice for Survivors of Japan's Military Sexual Slavery System' (pdf)

This report by Amnesty International examines the system of institutionalized sexual slavery used by the Japanese Army before and during World War II and the subsequent denials of responsibility by the Japanese government. It calls on Japan to accept full responsibility for the crimes committed against the 'comfort women' and provide full reparations in accordance with international standards.

From our archive: 'Y.K.L: abused in Ivory Coast, rejected in London' (Caroline Moorehead , openDemocracy.net, 23/10/03)

Y.K.L survived terrible torments in her West African homeland only to be denied asylum in Britain. On London’s streets, she joins the forgotten, global army of the displaced.

Stop the secrecy: Publish the NHS COVID data deals

To: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

We’re calling on you to immediately release details of the secret NHS data deals struck with private companies, to deliver the NHS COVID-19 datastore.

We, the public, deserve to know exactly how our personal information has been traded in this ‘unprecedented’ deal with US tech giants like Google, and firms linked to Donald Trump (Palantir) and Vote Leave (Faculty AI).

The COVID-19 datastore will hold private, personal information about every single one of us who relies on the NHS. We don’t want our personal data falling into the wrong hands.

And we don’t want private companies – many with poor reputations for protecting privacy – using it for their own commercial purposes, or to undermine the NHS.

The datastore could be an important tool in tackling the pandemic. But for it to be a success, the public has to be able to trust it.

Today, we urgently call on you to publish all the data-sharing agreements, data-impact assessments, and details of how the private companies stand to profit from their involvement.

The NHS is a precious public institution. Any involvement from private companies should be open to public scrutiny and debate. We need more transparency during this pandemic – not less.

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