scoop.co.nz 25 Mar, 2021 23:15 am

New EU Dual Use Export Control Rules Finally Adopted, But Leave A Lot Of Room For Improvement

New EU Dual Use Export Control Rules Finally Adopted, But Leave A Lot Of Room For Improvement
  Today, March 25 , a decade after the EU first began soliciting views on export controls around dual use technologies — or tools that can have some peaceful aims but that can also be used to violate human rights — the EU Parliament has ...

Scoop i World New EU Dual Use Export Control Rules Finally Adopted, But Leave A Lot Of Room For Improvement Today, strong, a decade after the EU first began soliciting views on export controls around dual use technologies — or tools that can have some peaceful aims but that can also be used to violate human rights — the EU Parliament has adopted the final text of the new rules.Access Now, Amnesty International, Committee to Protect Journalists, FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights), Human Rights Watch, Privacy International, and Reporters Without Borders note positive elements within the text, but emphasize an overall lack of ambitious safeguards for human rights and security across the EU.The coalition has outlined a set of recommendations that must be adhered to, to bolster the written rules for the export of dual use items and better protect human rights.“While we welcome the positive elements in the regulation adopted by the EU legislators, we see the resulting agreement in many ways falling short of what was necessary to ensure stronger human rights protections,” said Natalia Krapiva, Tech-Legal Counsel at Access Now.

” As negotiations stalled, and the stronger provisions in the original Commission’s proposal were weakened, EU-based companies have continued to undermine people’s human rights by selling and exporting surveillance technology around the world, including into the hands of known rights abusers, making the text’s finalization incredibly timely.EU Member States and the Commission must go further than the new compromise in order to meet their international human rights obligations, and ensure that the continued export of sophisticated surveillance tools by EU companies does not facilitate human rights violations of people around the world.

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