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Passenger 17A: The Snowden, Asylum and the Surveillance-Privacy Debate

7 Pages Posted: 5 Aug 2013  

Neha Bhat

American University, Washington College of Law, Students

Date Written: August 2013

Abstract

Refugee rights activists in the Indian sub-continent used India’s rejection of Edward Snowden’s asylum claim as a perfect pitching ground to engage in refugee rights advocacy in the country. While an asylum adjudication system might have accorded him a hearing, this piece argues that India’s decision to reject Snowden’s asylum claim is a tacit reinforcement of the government’s own surveillance measures, the logic of which underpins the rejection of Snowden’s asylum claim and the result of which can only be the eventual erosion of human rights and individual freedoms.

Keywords: India, asylum, Snowden, freedom of speech, surveillance, ICMS, Aadhar, privacy laws

Suggested Citation

Bhat, Neha, Passenger 17A: The Snowden, Asylum and the Surveillance-Privacy Debate (August 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2305736 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2305736

Neha Bhat (Contact Author)

American University, Washington College of Law, Students ( email )

Washington, DC
United States

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