According to Globalissues.com, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has released a report alleging that illegal wiretapping has continued in Colombia, despite the progress that has been made.
In 2009, a scandal broke out in Colombia “over wiretapping and harassment of Supreme Court magistrates, political dissidents, human rights defenders and reporters by the Departamento Administrativo de Seguridad (DAS), the domestic intelligence agency was officially closed in October 2011,” according to the article.
Since then, Colombia adopted the Intelligence Law, which was created to ensure that Colombia met international human rights standards. The law calls for two commissions: “one to assist in the purging of intelligence files and another, a congressional commission, to monitor intelligence activities,” according to the report.
However, the report adds “‘Noteworthy challenges to the implementation of this law are the weak mandate of the congressional commission and the lack of effective internal control mechanisms.'”
Accordingly, there have been allegations made about illegal spying, especially from human rights defenders and journalists. These allegations talk about emails being intercepted and information being stolen, according to the report.
I am glad that Colombia has made strides in eradicating illegal wiretapping; however, nothing will be accomplished if the government itself is not willing to do anything about it- especially if the government is actually involved in this illegal activity.
Honestly, I would not be surprised if government entities were involved in illegal wiretapping, especially since most of these allegations come from human rights defenders and journalists- both who work to expose the truth. And since the truth (especially if it is bad) is often something many government agencies want to be kept secret, it does not surprise me that these people are being monitored. But that does not make it right. Illegal wiretapping is illegal for a reason. It is not right.
People should enjoy the right to speak what they want, hence why the UDHR explicitly recognizes freedom of expression. And it is about time countries stop violating this right, and give way to it because, whether they like it or not, it is a right that every person is entitled to.