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Support of UN General Assembly Draft Resolution on the Right to Privacy in the Digital Age

To Guido Westerwelle,

Re: UN General Assembly Draft Resolution on the Right to Privacy in the Digital Age

Flüchtlingshilfe Iran e.V. is part of a broad coalition of nearly 300 organizations around the world that have come together to take a stand against unchecked surveillance by promoting the International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance.

The International Principles, which are attached to this letter, are intended to explain how existing human rights standards and international law apply to the new capabilities of, and risks attendant to, digital surveillance.

As you are aware, Germany and Brazil recently and jointly presented a draft resolution to the United Nations’ General Assembly on the right to privacy in the digital age. The resolution asks the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to issue a report on the issues. We write to urge you to support this resolution.

The resolution is significant in many respects, but particularly because:

1.    If passed, it would be the first UN General Assembly resolution on the right to privacy since 1988. It therefore represents an excellent opportunity for States to update their understandings of international human rights law in the context of the massive technological advances that have taken place over the last 25 years.

2.   The draft resolution would be the first official recognition by the General Assembly of the threat that mass surveillance poses to the human rights of people across the world. It would also be the first chance to condemn this practice at the international level. The draft resolution asks the General 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, their interception, as well as the collection of personal data, in particular massive surveillance, interception and data collection”. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

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