Daily Links - 12 October

12 October 2005
Women and female fighters offer unique perspectives for peace-building after conflict. The 8th part of the Toolkit discusses how essential these can be to disarmament and achieving sustainable peace.

Human Rights Record of the US in 2004
(Information Office of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, english.people.com.cn, 03/03/05)
The United States of America: country of civil rights? The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2004 allows us to wonder.


In 2004 Zhang Yishan recalled the specific policies promoting gender equality in the People’s Republic of China.


From the archive: “A letter to the British people from a refugee activist” (Zrinka Bralo, openDemocracy.net, 11/12/03)
Zrinka Bralo arrived in the UK from a war-torn Yugoslavia. She discusses being a refugee in the UK, and examines British "nationhood". 

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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