A report by international civil society advocacy group Amnesty International, dedicated to interception of civil activists and representative of opposition in Belarus, was published today. It follows from the document that there is a legal and active system of interception of information from telephones and computers called COMP. Amnesty International underline that a number of famous telecommunication foreign-funded companies assist authorities in their surveillance activity. These are Russian MTC, Austrian Telekom Austria and Turkish Turkcell.
The report “It’s Enough for people to feel it exists. Civil society, Secrecy and Surveillance in Belarus”, prepared by Amnesty International (AI), rests on more than 50 interviews. Experts have interviewed civil society actors and members of opposition political forces. All interviews are anonymous as those talking to AI were apprehensive for their safety.
Activists, journalists, members of political parties were sure to be constantly monitored by special services and the Committee of State Security (KGB). According to one of the activists, the fear to come to the attention of special services leads to “paranoid relations inside the society. Another interviewee called a cell-phone “police in the pocket”.
You can download the report directly from the web-site of Amnesty International