[Ed. – The U.S., Europeans, and rights groups are all concerned that this convention would make criticism of governments a crime. The world doesn’t need such a convention badly enough to go that route. Veto in Security Council.]
A move by the United Nations to approve a Russian-sponsored and China-backed resolution that aims to create a new convention on cybercrime has alarmed rights groups and Western powers that fear a bid to restrict online freedom.
The resolution was approved on Friday by the general assembly by a vote of 79-60, with 33 abstentions. …
The United States, European powers and rights groups fear that the language is code for legitimising crackdowns on expression, with numerous countries defining criticism of the government as “criminal”.