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Release Akbar Ganji appeal

3 February 2006

The human rights activist and outspoken Iranian government critic Akbar Ganji is serving his fourth month in Tehran's notorious Evin Prison.  He is serving a six year sentence for his investigative journalism exposing the government's involvement in the murder of dissidents.

For refusing to recant these writings, and for his continuation in promoting human rights, Mr Ganji is being held in terrible prison conditions with insufficiant food and medicine, in violation of international human right standards.

That one man's promotion of human rights can result in his very own persecution is sickening.  Send a pre-drafted letter of appeal to the Permanent Rep of Iran to the UN, Mohammed Javad Zarif here.  

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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