On June 3, EFF will begin attending a critical discussion about State Surveillance and Human Rights held by the 47 member states of the U.N Human Rights Council during its 23th session in Geneva. Frank La Rue, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Opinion will present its latest report on State Surveillance and Human Rights that advocates safeguards for privacy, freedom of expression and due process. Privacy International and the Association for Progressive Communication will be organizing a side event on June 4rd in United Nations to discuss La Rue's report. Katitza Rodriguez, International Rights Director, will be speaking at the side-event.
For the preparation of this report, the Special Rapporteur revised relevant studies and consulted with experts on matters related to the surveillance of communications. In December 2012, La Rue participated in the Workshop on Electronic Surveillance and Human Rights organized by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. In February 2013, La Rue organized an expert consultation for the preparation of this report which took place in parallel to the activities of the "World Summit on the Information Society+10 Meeting" held at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Paris where our own EFF International Rights Director, Katitza Rodriguez also spoke actively.