Their recommendation comes in the wake of the Pegasus spyware scandal targeting hundreds of journalists, activists and politicians. 

Violating rights, endangering lives 

They said until robust regulations on the use of surveillance technology are implemented, and which guarantee human rights, countries should impose a global moratorium on the sale and transfer of these “life threatening” tools. 

“We are deeply concerned that highly sophisticated intrusive tools are being used to monitor, intimidate and silence human rights defenders, journalists and political opponents,” the experts said in a statement.  

“Such practices violate the rights to freedom of expression, privacy and liberty, possibly endanger the lives of hundreds of individuals, imperil media freedom,” they added. 

Appeal ignored 

The experts recalled that this was not the first time the issue has been raised, citing a May 2019 report by the then UN…

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