BY MATTHEW REIAD, Granma
The United Nations Legal Committee has been discussing and debating three working papers as of noon today. The delegates are eager to pass at least one resolution as soon as possible, resulting in diminished quality for many of these working papers. Although it is important to reach a consensus in the committee, many working papers presented today had holes and contradictory statements that seemed to plague several of the proposed working papers.
The first working paper that was presented labeled “Cyberchase” aimed to combat cyberattacks while also acknowledging and understanding the sovereignty of each nation of the United Nations. A clause in the working paper also explicitly defended freedom of speech. As the delegate from Qatar rightfully noted, nations such as Iran and Russia who were at the forefront of this working paper, have terrible records in regard to government protections for the freedom of speech.
Cyberchase was influential throughout the development of this committee session. Many of the later working papers were created by members states who were formerly on board with “Cyberchase.” The mismanagement of this working paper, however, led many member states to discontinue their support of the working paper. Throughout the rest of the committee session, “Cyberchase” was met with harsh criticism both by member states and spectating members with no voting power. Most notably, the delegation of the spectating member Palestine noted that this working paper had no provisions or protections towards non-member states, which would make them vulnerable to cyberattacks.
During the later stages of the committee session, Granma was approached by the delegation of France who hoped to release a press release to update us about the committee session. This press release read: “We, as the majority of the members of the HACT Block in the Legal Committee, with countries such as France, Iran, Iraq, Netherlands, Poland, Indonesia, among others, announce that as we continue to develop a strong and coherent draft resolution as a result of our upcoming merger, will not be participating with former members of our block like Russia and Palestine because of clashes in policy. We would further like to state that we will continue striving for international consensus in combating cyberattacks.” (The Delegation of France)
Granma was also delighted to discuss the progress of the Cuban delegation in this committee. The Cuban delegation had this to say, “The Cuban delegation is very glad to see that China and Russia, leaders of their respective blocs, have decided to put their differences aside and work together on a coherent solution to the problem of cybersecurity.” (The Delegation of Cuba)
The Republic of Cuba continues in its persistence in combating cyberattacks in any form. As the official source of news in Cuba, by the Cuban Communist Party, any entity presenting falsehoods within Cuba will be met with swift and efficient retaliation from the Cuban government. While the Republic of Cuba acknowledges freedom of expression and speech, any information meant to undermine the Cuban government, or the governments of Cuba’s allies, will be considered a cyberattack.