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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

New report by Ahman Shahid about Human Rights situation in Iran

The. present report is the second to be submitted to the Human Rights Council,
pursuant to Council resolution 16/9, and communicates developments in the human rights
situation of the Islamic Republic of Iran that have transpired since the submission of the
Special Rapporteur‟s second interim report to the 67th session of the General Assembly
(A/67/369) in October 2012.
The present report outlines the Special Rapporteur‟s activities since the Council‟s
renewal of his mandate during its 19
th
session , examines ongoing issues, and presents
some of the most recent and pressing developments in the country‟s human rights situation.
Although the report is not exhaustive, it provides a picture of the prevailing situation as
observed in the preponderance of reports submitted to and examined by the Special
Rapporteur. It is envisaged that a number of important issues not covered in the present
report will be addressed in the Special Rapporteur‟s future reports to the General Assembly
and the Human Rights Council.

 

 

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