September 16, 2019
 In 2024-Balancing Human Rights

Topic: 2024-Balancing Human Rights
Country: Gabon (UNSC)
Delegate Name: Broderick Mcdonald

Balancing human rights and counterterrorism, where do the lines cross, when your country is trying to be secure and protect their country’s people? Gabon’s stance on security is that it can be one of the best ways to protect and stop terrorism against their people. Other countries have called Gabon out in the past for not being transparent enough on our levels of surveillance. There are many reasons why we weren’t transparent enough on our levels of trying to protect our citizens from what could or could not happen in the future.
As Gabon, we feel that our national security would be put at a higher risk with more transparency. As a country that uses security as its top way to combat terrorism. It has been thought that our ways of Security with limited transparency have been seen in the past by others as not safe nor is it looked to as an example but as the delegate of Gabon, I would like to talk about how we’re using it safely.
Using security as a way to protect your people is not impossible and we see this in many different countries across the globe. In the U.S. after 9/11 we see how the U.S. has cracked down on surveillance and their transparency to others while still keeping it land of the free.
When these larger countries with large amounts of citizens start to have impacts on those citizens then they realize that they need to be on their best for those people and that is what the U.S. is doing after 9/11. The United States has surveillance over their people, over their land, and over anything part of their country, with surveillance people might think that it impedes their national rights but in fact, it makes them safer in the long run. This is why Gabon has put statements out in the past saying how surveillance is an important way to stop any type of terrorism.

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