Russia proposed cybercrime resolution and the UN adopted the document

MOSCOW, (BM) – The UN General Assembly at its last plenary meeting this year adopted a resolution proposed by Russia to combat cybercrime, learned, quoting Interfaks.

The document “Countering the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for criminal purposes” was supported by 79 countries, 60 states, including the USA, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain and Ukraine, voted against, 33 countries decided to abstain.

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“The United States will vote” against “the resolution, and we urge other countries to do the same,” said the US representative, speaking in front of a vote on the document. The representative of Finland, representing the European Union, also called for a vote “against” the resolution.

Earlier on November 18, the resolution was approved by the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly, which deals with social and humanitarian issues and human rights issues.

The authors of the document were 47 countries, including Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Armenia, China, India, Syria, Egypt, North Korea, Iran, and Venezuela.

According to the resolution, the UNGA “decides to establish an ad hoc open-ended intergovernmental committee of experts representing all regions to develop a comprehensive international convention on the suppression of the use of ICTs for criminal purposes, taking fully into account existing international instruments and ongoing national, regional and international efforts to the fight against the use of ICT for criminal purposes.”

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“The Special Committee will hold a three-day organizational session in August 2020 in New York in order to agree on a plan and procedure for its future work, which should be submitted for consideration and approval by the GA at its 75th session,” the document says.

The authors of the resolution emphasized “the need to improve coordination and cooperation between states in combating the use of ICTs for criminal purposes, including by satisfying requests from developing countries for technical assistance to improve their national legislation and legal standards.”

“This resolution will undermine international cooperation to combat cybercrime. There is no consensus among Member States regarding the need and value of a new treaty. It will only interfere with global efforts to combat cybercrime,” the US representative said before the vote.

In turn, the Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Gennady Kuzmin said that the resolution proposed by Russia “suggests that the era of club agreements should give way to a democratic negotiation process.”

“It’s crucial for us that this process be open and inclusive,” the Russian diplomat said.

Earlier, a senior official of the US State Department said that the US authorities did not consider the adoption of this resolution necessary and Washington has very serious concerns about the document.

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“First, we already have a cybercrime treaty, the Budapest Convention. We also have several mechanisms in various international gatherings, including the UN, to deal with this type of thing. In addition, Russians are clearly interested in promoting their vision of how the Internet should look like in the future (…) They are interested in a treaty that would give them the type of control over the Internet space that interests them and that opposes fundamental American freedoms,” said a foreign policy officer US agencies.

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Source: Interfaks