We must bring what is happening in Belarus to the world’s attention and hear from those on the ground. Briefers on #BYHumanRights: UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, Anaïs Marin; Belarusian opposition presidential candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya; Vice-Chairman of the Viasna Human Rights Center, Valiantsin Stefanovic; Legal Expert for the Belarusian Association of Journalists, Volha Siakhovich. The meeting is chaired by Urmas Reinsalu, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia. The meeting was initiated by Estonia and co-sponsored by UN Security Council members the United States and United Kingdom, as well as Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, and Ukraine.

Stakeout on cyber-attack against Georgia by Estonia, the United Kingdom and the United States

Joint press stakeout by Estonia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Read out by Estonia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Sven Jürgenson

In February the Georgian Permanent Representative wrote to the Security Council regarding a large-scale cyber-attack launched against the Georgian Government and media websites last October. Estonia, supported by the US and the UK, today raised this issue in AOB.

We are clear that Russia’s military intelligence service – the GRU- conducted these cyber-attacks in an attempt to sow discord and disrupt the lives of ordinary Georgian people.

These cyber-attacks are part of Russia’s long-running campaign of hostile and destabilizing activity against Georgia, and are part of a wider pattern of malign activity. These actions clearly contradict Russia’s attempts to claim it is a responsible actor in cyberspace and demonstrate a continuing pattern of reckless GRU cyber operations against a number of countries.

Irresponsibility in cyber-space is detrimental to all of us. We, together with the international community, will continue our efforts to uphold an international framework of responsible state behavior in cyberspace.