The Internationale Liga für Menschenrechte (re)demands an investigation on mass surveillance on German citizens

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14 July 2015 – In Germany, the revelations made by Edward Snowden in 2013 on NSA spying programme do not sink into oblivion, although authorities would appreciate it.

In February 2014, the Internationale LigafürMenschenrechte, the German League of Human Rights and member of AEDH has, along the group of hackers Chaos Computer Club (CCC) and the NGO Digitalcourage, pressed charges against the Federal government and intelligence services, accused of supporting the NSA in massive surveillance on German citizens.

Almost a year and a half later, under presser of parties’ lawyers, the Federal Prosecutor Harald Range has announced that he will not open an investigation on German authorities for the moment, pretending a lack of evidence.

Even though Wikileaks recently published new documents confirming such suspicions, the Prosecutor’s statement casts a shadow over the judiciary’s independence in Germany. For years, the German league has denounced incompatibility of intelligence services with democracy and the rule of law. A press release published on July 14 asks the Federal Prosecutor to fulfil his duties with regard to Justice and to start, without delay, an official enquiry in order for him to gather missing pieces of evidence. In this context, LIGA insists on the necessity to hear Edward Snowden as a witness. Democracy and citizens’ right to privacy are at stake…

For more information:

Press release of the Internationale LigafürMenschenrechte, 14 July 2015: [EN]

Websites of : LIGA [], Chaos Computer Club [] and Digital Courage []

Last interview of Julian Assange to the Spiegel, 20.07.2015 [DE] [EN]

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