Urgent call to Council of the EU to put human rights first in dual-use final draft

first_imgNews Help by sharing this information Related documents letter-to-the-council-dual-use-november2020.pdfPDF – 1.38 MB Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and other members of a human rights NGO coalition are calling on the Council of the European Union to reconsider the proposed final draft of a new set of regulations for dual-use technology exports, including surveillance technology. Human rights must be safeguarded, they say. News Receive email alerts “If the EU institutions were to adopt the draft, this would be an indictment of European human rights policy,” said Christian Mihr, executive director of RSF Germany. “The negotiating parties must reconsider this compromise proposal and meet the demands of civil society. Since the Arab Spring at the latest, European governments have been aware of the human rights violations committed worldwide with surveillance technologies from the EU. The EU must urgently take effective precautions to protect human rights and impose appropriate due diligence obligations on industry.” Organisation Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia GermanyFranceEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsProtecting sources Internet Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan RSF RSF_en center_img “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says November 6, 2020 Urgent call to Council of the EU to put human rights first in dual-use final draft June 8, 2021 Find out more News The NGOs that signed the letter are:Access NowAmnesty InternationalBrot für die WeltFIDH (International Federation for Human Rights)Human Rights WatchReporters Without Borders (RSF) News In an open letter to the Council of the EU, the NGOs call on the Council to urgently reconsider its final position on the EU dual-use recast, which must be voted on by 9 November. Insisting that this draft does not meet international human rights standards, they urge the Council to keep negotiating in order to incorporate sufficient safeguards necessary for the protection of journalists and their sources. Read the joint letter to the Council of the European Union here. June 7, 2021 Find out more GermanyFranceEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsProtecting sources Internet to go further June 4, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Pret A Manger set to reach 500 shops worldwide

first_imgPret A Manger has set a target to open its 500th shop worldwide in the next 12 months as it announced its financial results for the 52 weeks to 29 December 2016.Pret recorded 444 sites at the end of last year and opened 50 new shops during 2016, including 31 in the UK, nine in the US, five in France, three in Hong Kong, one in Shanghai and a first in Dubai.“We look forward to opening our 500th Pret shop in the next 12 months and furthering our measured expansion in both existing and new markets,” said Clive Schlee, Pret’s CEO.“We will of course continue to focus on the essentials: menu innovation and the quality of our ingredients, opening new shops in top-class locations around the world and, above all, recruiting and engaging our wonderful teams.”Pret said this was another record year for results, with group sales rising by 15% to £776.2m and like-for-sale up by 4.8%. Meanwhile, EDITDA also rose by 11% to £93.2m.“This is another year of record results for Pret and our 12th consecutive year of revenue and EBITDA growth,” Schlee added.“Pret’s simple recipe of freshly made food and fast, friendly service allows us to flourish in diverse locations around the world – from Penn Station in New York to the campus of Exeter University and Dubai International Airport.”last_img read more