Letter from International Civil Society Organizations to President Dilma Rousseff in support of her statement at the 68th Session of the UNGA
We, the undersigned organizations and individuals from around the world, committed to the development of the Internet and its use for advancing social and economic justice, would like to express our strong support for the statement delivered this week by your Excellency at the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. We commend you for taking a leading role on these issues and would like to:
- Fully endorse the five principles enunciated on the occasion, in clear accordance with the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee’s Principles for the Governance and Use of the Internet.
- Stress the importance of the timely adoption of the Brazilian Draft Bill of Internet Rights (Marco Civil da Internet) in a way that upholds these principles and endorses the innovative and democratic process in which it was conceived.
- Commend the courage of Brazil in expressing disapproval and demanding explanations from the USA about the procedures of illegal interception of information and data, framing it as a grave violation of human rights and of civil liberties.
- Reinforce our support for an extension into broader spheres of Internet Governance of the experiences from the Brazilian multistakeholder model of Internet governance, led by CGI.br.
We express our deep appreciation for your serious commitment to social justice and development, of which an open, stable, and reliable Internet is a fundamental pillar.
- The text of the referenced statement is available at http://www.voltairenet.org/article180382.html
- The letter has been delivered in person on September 27, 2013, by IGC member Carlos A. Afonso (see attached picture).
- The final version of the letter (as delivered on September 27, 2013) including the list of endorsing organizations and individuals is also attached. (The reason why some endorsements are dated September 27 while the letter itself is dated September 26 is as follows: The letter was finalized in Brazil in the evening of September 26. At that time it had already been September 27 for several hours in other parts of the world.)