Uganda asked to support the resolution on right to privacy before the UN

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Activists have written to the Uganda Government through the ministry of Foreign Affairs soliciting support for a resolution on surveillance and human rights called “the right to privacy in the digital age,’’ at the United Nations.

Unwanted Witness-Uganda an organization that advocates for digital rights and internet freedoms called on government to support the resolution that was introduced by the Brazilian and German delegations at the United Nations.

The Unwanted Witness a campaign based organization promotes the use of modern tools to amplify change people’s lives in Uganda joined other international groups that urge the United Nations General Assembly to adopt a new resolution against indiscriminate mass surveillance.

The draft resolution, titled “The right to privacy in the digital age” was introduced in the wake of the NSA mass surveillance revelations.  The resolution calls upon states to respect and protect the right to privacy, including in the context of digital communication and to take measures to put an end to violations of those rights.

The Executive officer Unwanted Witness Uganda, Godfrey Ssebagala says that Uganda should take a leading role to support the Resolution as it has been doing during its tenure as member of the UN Human Rights Council.

Ssebagala pledged that the Unwanted Witness is to engage in dialogue meetings with the government of Uganda to appreciate the importance of this resolution and undertake measures to enact a national law to safe guard privacy.

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