The Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (RATS SCO) agreed on joint monitoring of terrorist threats on the Internet.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is an international security alliance founded in 2001 by the leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek hosted the 33-rd RATS SCO session. SCO member countries agreed on the necessity to monitor the Internet for terrorist-related threats.
“The arrangements have been made to strengthen the cooperation between SCO member countries’ competent authorities responsible for countering terrorism, separatism and extremism, including in the issues of improving anti-terrorist security of critical infrastructure and crowded public areas, monitoring terrorist threats in the global information space, and cybersecurity,” – director of the State Committee for National Security’s anti-terrorist center Asylbek Kozhobekov stated on the matter.
The session was attended by delegates from Russian, Indian, Chinese, Kazakh, Chinese, Kyrgyz, Pakistani, Tajik and Uzbek security services.
It is noteworthy, that back in June, human rights activists from 52 organizations approached the United Nations (UN) with a report on the threats to the Internet freedoms posed by Russia, referring to tightening information dissemination restrictions, mounting pressure on users and Internet campaigns aimed at the restriction of freedoms carried out by Russian authorities under the pretext of combating terrorism.