On 17 December, 2013 a Public Statement signed by more than 100 organizations across the world, included Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) from Georgia sent to the Co-Chairs of the Open Government Partnership OGP, the OGP Steering Committee and OGP members States.
The Public Statement refers to the concern on disproportionate surveillance practices across the globe and the request to promote more transparency. “These practices erode the checks and balances on which accountability depends, and have a deeply chilling effect on freedom of expression, information and association, without which the ideals of open government have no meaning”, is read in the Statement.
By spreading of the Public statement, the undersigned civil society organizations affirm deep commitment to the goals of the Open Government Partnership, express their profound concerns regarding the mass surveillance tendencies which risks the key goals of the OGP.
As the illegal surveillance tendencies have been of broad interest of the broad public in Georgia, IDFI fully recognizes the needs of the proposed recommendations to be taken into consideration into the OGP Georgia Action Plan.
The Specific Recommendations are rendered by the undersigned CSOs towards the decision makers:
The initiators of the Statement call on the OGP Steering Committee to review the submitted recommendations in a timely manner and accordingly to be envisaged in the OGP Action Plans by the OGP member States.
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