The Mercosur, the common market organization for South American country, has
seen today’s summit meeting focusing almost entirely on US surveillance, and the Obama Administration’s hostility toward member nations offering asylum to Edward Snowden.
The body issued a statement at the end of today’s summit condemning the US, and expressing “solidarity with the governments of Bolivia, Nicaragua and Venezeula, which have offered to grant asylum to Mr. Edward Snowden.”
NSA surveillance has been a major issue across the world, but nowhere more than in Latin America, where yesterday’s revelations that the US surveillance extended beyond military targets to commercial interests has fueled particular concern.
The US hostility toward granted asylum has also captured more attention in the region, with the forced downing and search of Bolivian President Evo Morales’ plane. The Mercosur statement reiterated that nations have a right under international law to grant asylum.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- South Korea's Moon Ratifies Recent North Korea Deals - October 23rd, 2018
- Pence Won't Rule Out Nukes in Space - October 23rd, 2018
- Syrian Observatory: US Has Killed Over 3,000 Civilians in Syria Since 2014 - October 23rd, 2018
- Bolton: US Plans Talks With Allies Before Leaving Nuclear Pact - October 23rd, 2018
- Bolton Rejects Russian Call to Stay in Nuclear Treaty - October 23rd, 2018