Brazil seeks UN move vs. electronic surveillance

October 26, 2013 by Associated Press

Brazil said Friday it is working with other countries to draft a U.N. General Assembly resolution that would guarantee people's privacy in electronic communications. That follows a series of reports of alleged U.S. eavesdropping on foreign leaders and others that has surprised and angered allies.

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff has been especially outspoken. She even took the rare step of canceling a state visit to Washington after classified documents leaked by former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden showed that the NSA hacked the computer network of Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras and scooped up data on emails and telephone calls flowing through the country.

Latin American and European diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly, said Brazil and Germany were leading efforts on the draft resolution. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other European leaders expressed anger this week after reports that the NSA allegedly monitored Merkel's cell phone and swept up millions of French telephone records.

The General Assembly resolution would be nonbinding, but it would be seen as another expression of disapproval of the alleged U.S. spying.

On Friday, Brazil's Foreign Ministry confirmed that Brazil is drafting a U.N. resolution.

"What I can tell you is that the Brazilian Mission in the United Nations has drawn up a proposal calling for the right to privacy on the Internet," said a ministry press officer, who declined to be named, citing internal regulations.

Washington has contended that it is necessary to intercept vast amounts of electronic data to effectively fight terrorism, but the White House has said it is examining countries' concerns as part of an ongoing review of how the U.S. gathers intelligence

A diplomat with a major European nation, speaking on condition of anonymity because the draft resolution's language was in an early stage, expected easy passage in the General Assembly because the resolution would not have language that would be "offensive" to any nation, particularly the United States.

The diplomat said the resolution would expand the right to privacy guaranteed by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which went into force in 1976.

The draft would be forwarded within the week to the General Assembly subcommittee that deals with social, humanitarian, cultural and human rights issues, and then to the full General Assembly for consideration in late November.

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1.4 / 5 (11) Oct 26, 2013
Who will enforce such a thing? You cannot get the UN to even agree on the need for clean water in third world nations even get the UN to pay its bills. Yes, all this activity is aimed at the USA and the NSA, but who will stop Chinese hacking? Who will fine and detain APT1 and the PLA when they act illegally? How will you stop Red October coming out of the soviet-putinsky-union? China and Russia have veto power over any punitive resolution or actions. Sure, hate the Americans, they have rule of law and an open press so you can bad-mouth them all you want. Now how do you defeat an enemy that refuses to extradite communist russians who commit murder in the UK? How will you fight a Chinese government that has smuggled over 3.7 Trillion dollars out of their own country between 2002 and 2010? The USA needs to let the world fight all these threats WITHOUT USA help! Stop helping people who hate you America! Let Putin and China run network security for the world, and LAUGH!
1 / 5 (2) Nov 16, 2013
210 rants but, is he suggesting USA always follows 'rule of law' - obviously evidence they don't...

USA owes UN billions which leaves the UN with a problem re financing programs due to bankrupt USA like clean water...

Britain & Israel acted illegally long before PLA, several agreements broken re land usage by Israel caused so much suffering, how would u react when your homeland is covered in settlements & forced to abide by arbitrary lines drawn by British following WW2...

N. Chomsky will confirm press is not open in USA, power corrupts - absolute power corrupts absolutely - recall Manufacturing Consent re East Timor - short memory ?

Was Vietnam the rule of law to support french colonialism - nope, lots of money wasted to kill so many & poison the land perpetuated mostly by republicans to support the military economy of the time - A corrupted version Timocracy was alive and well, now a contemporary meritocracy but, to what end ? Children maimed by USA cluster bombs - yes USA today.
1 / 5 (2) Nov 16, 2013
USA banking-military complex still keeps gold suppressed, but those in future economies still buy gold ant bitoin reaches historic highs of $500. Proof that people want a two-party currency, not a three-party currency. The third being a warmongering bankster parasite
1.7 / 5 (3) Nov 17, 2013
Brazil will lay fiber directly to Vladivostok, bypassing USA spy network desperate for economic secrets since hollowing out their own economy with debt, exporting jobs and invention abroad and a housing bubble that will burst and a bond market in a coma

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