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Amanda Romero

3 October 2005
I am a founding member of the Colombian Human Rights movement. Prior to joining the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), I worked for ten years with the Latin American Institute for Alternative Legal Service (ILSA). I am a long-serving human rights educator and researcher, with a record in advocating for Colombians who have been internally and/or externally displaced due to civil conflict and ensuing economic upheaval.  Through my work with organizations such as the Centre for Research and Popular Education, the Committee of Solidarity with Political Prisoners, the University of Colombia, and the Petroleum Workers’ Union, I have organized and established various human rights programs working with indigenous and Afro-Andean peoples, trade unionists, and human rights activists.

Today, through the AFSC Colombia office I support the work of nonviolent Afro-Andean and indigenous movements and communities which actively resist being incorporated into the civil war as they seek to protect their lands from encroachment and their right to govern themselves based on their cultural norms.

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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