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UN General Assembly adopts Germany and Brazil’s anti-spying resolution

German Chancellor Angela Merkel prepares to address both Houses of the British Parliament in the Palace of Westminster on Feb. 27.

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The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution drafted by Brazil and Germany that demands an end to excessive spying and invasion of privacy after a former US intelligence contractor revealed massive international surveillance programs, UN diplomats said in December last year.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have both condemned the widespread snooping by the US National Security Agency (NSA).

Charges that the NSA accessed tens of thousands of French phone records and monitored Merkel’s mobile phone have caused outrage in Europe. Germany said on Oct. 25 last year that it would send its top intelligence chiefs to Washington the following week to seek answers from the White House.

In response to the disclosures about US spying, many of which came from fugitive former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the German and Brazilian UN delegations began working on a draft resolution to submit to the 193-nation General Assembly, several UN diplomats told Reuters.

General Assembly resolutions are non-binding, unlike resolutions of the 15-nation Security Council. Assembly resolutions that enjoy broad international support can however carry significant moral and political weight.









1. invasion n.

入侵;侵犯 (ru4 qin1; qin1 fan4)

例: That’s an invasion of my privacy.


2. snoop v.

窺探;窺視 (kui1 tan4; kui1 shi4)

例: She enjoys snooping into other people’s private lives.


3. outrage v.

激怒;違背 (ji1 nu4; wei2 bei4)

例: The public were outraged by the decision.


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