Launch of The International Coalition Against Electronic Torture and Robotization of Living Beings (ICATOR)

Launch of The International Coalition Against Electronic Torture and Robotization of Living Beings  (ICATOR)
Wednesday July 29, 2020 Greetings, everyone.   Today, we are announcing the launch of the International Coalition Against Electronic Torture and Robotization of Living Beings. headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.  It is a coalition of international TI groups who have come together to address the issues of the TI community by joining the United Nations as a non-governmental organization.  We hope to also assist Magnus Olsson in his capacity as a liaison with the United Nations Rapporteur on Torture as well as work with the European Parliament to pass legislation that would help the TI community in Europe.  Organizing a class-action lawsuit is also a goal.   Melanie Vritschan is the President and I serve as Vice-President.  Melanie’s invitation letter to the world community of TI’s to join as members of ICATOR is below.  
PREAMBLE  Article 1 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU (2000) states that “Human dignity is inviolable. It must be respected and protected   United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights   Article 1 We Are All Born Free & Equal. We are all born free. We all have our own thoughts and ideas. We should all be treated in the same way.   Article 2 Don’t Discriminate. These rights belong to everybody, whatever our differences.   Article 3 The Right to Life. We all have the right to life, and to live in freedom and safety.   Article 4 No Slavery. Nobody has any right to make us a slave. We cannot make anyone our slave.   Article 5 No Torture. Nobody has any right to hurt us or to torture us.                                                                                 Brussels, 28 July 2020 Dear Human Rights Defender,
The International Coalition Against Electronic Torture and Robotization of Living Beings (ICATOR) is a Brussels-based, registered not-for-profit association, committed to raising awareness and globally ending non-consensual experimentation using remote influencing technologies and techniques on the human mind and body. We propose clear ethical and legally binding boundaries to regulate their use. Furthermore, the association demands that organized stalking be recognized as psychological torture and outlaw it as a crime. As an international network, ICATOR acts as a lobbying and advocacy platform towards the European Union and the United Nations.

Using our international network of scientific and technology experts, partner civil and human rights organizations as well as important stakeholders in civil society, we provide consultancy services to international organizations and governments. Our main organizational goal is to impose a global ban on emerging technologies that cannot meet the standards enshrined in international human rights legal frameworks strictly prohibiting torture or inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. ICATOR particularly focusses on areas such as artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology and neurotechnology, or pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences including so-called “human enhancement”.
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