My three readers will recall that I have written before about Yahoo's unhealthy beahviour in China, namely handing over the IP and e-mail addresses of Chinese political activists to the Chinese Stalinist regime - these dissidents have since been jailed.

On August 27 Human rights group the World Organization for Human Rights USA has filed a lawsuit in the US against Yahoo for its role in the conviction and imprisonment of Chinese 'cyber-dissidents'.

The case was filed in a San Francisco Federal court under the Alien Tort Claims Act and the Torture Victim Protection Act.

Yahoo is accused of failing in its 'ethical responsibilities' by not asking the Chinese government why it was asking for the information.

"While it is clear that American corporations are obliged to follow foreign laws, they must also abide by US and international law," said Morton Sklar, executive director of The World Organisation for Human Rights USA.

Yahoo though claims it was just following orders or in its words - " it has no control over the sovereign government of the People's Republic of China, the laws it passes and the manner in which it enforces its laws".

Yahoo's stance is both politically and morally repugnant.

The real reason that it has been acting as de facto spy for the Chinese regime is that it does not want to get offside with the regime and risk getting shut out of the lucrative Chinese market.


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