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Germany and Brazil to UN: Let’s Greatly Reduce Surveillance

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English: United Nations General Assembly hall in New York City. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Germany and Brazil have submitted a new draft resolution to the UN General Assembly which calls for an end to excessive electronic surveillance, data collection, and other snooping techniques.

  The draft resolution did not point fingers at any specific  country, but UN diplomats said it was in response to recent  revelations of US mass surveillance programs, Reuters reported.

  The text of the resolution asks the 193-nation assembly to  declare that it is “deeply concerned at human rights  violations and abuses that may result from the conduct of any  surveillance of communications, including extraterritorial  surveillance of communications.”

The circulated draft also urges member states “to take  measures to put an end to violations of these rights and to  create the conditions to prevent such violations, including by  ensuring that relevant national legislation complies with their  obligations under international human rights law.”

It is expected that the draft resolution will be debated in the  General Assembly’s Third Committee, which deals with human rights  issues.

“We have received the draft and will evaluate the text on its  merits,” said an official at the US mission to the United  Nations

  Several diplomats said they expect the resolution to receive  support from the vast majority of UN member states.

http://rt.com/news/un-draft-resolution-surveillance-110/

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Written by voiceoftruthusa

November 2, 2013 at 2:19 pm

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