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U.S. to call on other democracies to restrict export of surveillance technologies 

  • December 7, 2021
  • , Nikkei
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Nikkei wrote from Washington that the Biden administration is planning to establish a new multinational framework aimed at restricting the export of surveillance cameras and other tools. The paper wrote that the United States is planning to call on Japan, European counties, and other democracies at the Summit for Democracy to be held virtually on Dec. 9-10 to take part in the framework called the “Export Control and Human Rights Initiative” to prevent these technologies from being used for human rights abuses in authoritarian countries such as China and Russia. The paper speculated that Japan will be placed in a difficult position over the issue because its current laws do not include human rights abuses as a reason for export controls. The paper also conjectured that Japan may be criticized if Tokyo delays its response to the matter while the United States and Europe take concerted action on human rights issues.        

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