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Transparency International calls for governments to respect fundamental human rights in surveillance

Following recent statements by Edward Snowden to the Council of Europe that the National Security Agency in the United States operated clandestine surveillance of civil society human rights organisations, Transparency International calls on all governments to respect fundamental rights and a right to privacy, even in issues regarding national security.

In November 2013 the Transparency International movement adopted a resolution calling for meaningful oversight of government surveillance activities and universal protection of whistleblowers. This will enforce strong democratic principles and good governance and help restore public trust in government.

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