The UN and IACHR asked not to punish those who disclose confidential information

Reporters for Freedom of Expression of the UN and the Commission today urged legal sanctions not government employees who disclose confidential information, and showed their concern for U.S. intelligence programs and the like that may exist in Latin America. I a joint statement, the UN Special Reporter on Freedom of Opinion and Expression, Frank La Rue, and the Special Reporter of the Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) for Freedom Expression, Catalina Botero, recalled a series of “international legal principles” related to the case of spying by the National Security Agency (NSA). “A person related to state that having a legal obligation to maintain the confidentiality of certain information is limited to publicly disclose that it reasonably believes that evidence of the commission of human rights violations should not be subject to legal sanctions, administrative or employment provided that he acted in good faith, in accordance with international standards on the subject. Edward Snowden,  CIA and NSA external worker, is in hiding waiting for the U.S. to file formal charges against him and initiate extradition proceedings for having leaked to” The Guardian “and” The Washington Post “about two programs spy secrets.” Any attempt to impose further sanctions against those who reveal information should be grounded in previously established laws, enforced by impartial and independent, with full guarantees of due process, including the right to appeal failure “, emphasized the speakers.” Imposing criminal sanctions should be exceptional, subject to strict limits of necessity and proportionality. Reporters stressed further that” under no circumstances, journalists, media members or members of civil society to access and disseminate classified information on this type of surveillance programs, considering the public interest, may be subject to further sanctions. “added that” confidential sources and materials related to the disclosure of confidential information should be protected by law. “Regarding the specific case of the NSA program, considered the information available to it shows” implementation risks prepared against the right to privacy and freedom of thought and expression of the people. “also reveals the” need to review the relevant legislation and to establish mechanisms for greater transparency and public discussion of such practices. “UN and IACHR warned that,” according to information gathered in thematic and country Special Reporters “, this type of program is not limited to U.S.” Authorities of other American states, protected by laws of intelligence, or outside existing legal regulation would have intercepted private communications, often with criteria or political purposes, and even they would have spread massively, without authorization of the proprietor, state media “they said.” Special Reporters reiterated its concern about the existence of security programs and practices that may cause serious damage the rights to privacy and freedom of thought and expression, “they said, and urged” the authorities to review the legislation and change their practices. “According to the speakers, in recent years,” the technology available to States capture and monitor private communications has changed dramatically “and its use in programs for the fight against terrorism” has increased without adequate regulation in most states in our region. “

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