«Human Rights Watch has previously expressed concerns about the lack of adequate parliamentary oversight of intelligence services in France in the context of intelligence cooperation with countries with poor records on torture. In June President Hollande announced that an inspectorate of the intelligence services would be created, and that the powers of the parliamentary delegation would be broadened so as to strengthen its oversight. Can you confirm what the timeline is for these plans, and what steps are being taken to ensure that oversight of the security services is effective and independent?
As you know, the European Convention on Human Rights requires that any interference by a public body, with the right to privacy musthave an appropriate legal basis and be necessary and proportionate.
In a report of April 2013 the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, urged States to regard communications surveillance as “a highly intrusive act that potentially interferes with the rights to freedom of expression and privacy and threatens the foundations of a democratic society.”»