May 26, 2020 in Geneva
We call on the world’s governments to take immediate and decisive action to stop all cyberattacks on hospitals, healthcare and medical research facilities, as well as on medical personnel and international public health organizations. To this end, governments should work together, including at the United Nations, to reaffirm and recommit to international rules that prohibit such actions.
Over the past weeks, we have witnessed attacks that have targeted medical facilities and organizations on the frontlines of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These actions have endangered human lives by impairing the ability of these critical institutions to function, slowing down the distribution of essential supplies and information, and disrupting the delivery of care to patients. With hundreds of thousands of people already perished and millions infected around the world, medical care is more important than ever. This will not be the last health crisis. For now and for the future, governments should assert in unequivocal terms: cyber operations against healthcare facilities are unlawful and unacceptable.
We don’t tolerate attacks on health infrastructure in the physical world, and we must not tolerate such attacks in cyberspace – whether in times of peace or in times of conflict. We stand with the International Committee of the Red Cross in support of its call to protect medical services and medical facilities against cyberattacks of any kind. We call on governments to work together and to join forces with civil society and the private sector to ensure that medical facilities are respected and protected, and to hold perpetrators accountable. Above all, governments should take action and stop cyberattacks on hospitals and medical facilities.
The time to act is now.
Dapo Akande, Professor of Public International Law, University of Oxford
Madeleine Albright, Former Secretary of State, United States
José María Álvarez-Pallete López, Chairman & CEO, Telefónica
Ban Ki-moon, Former Secretary General of the United Nations
Lakhdar Brahimi, Former Foreign Minister, Algeria
John Bruton, Former Taoiseach, Ireland
Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Former President, Brazil
Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, United States
Margaret Chan, Former Director-General, World Health Organization
Eva Chen, Chief Executive Officer, Trend Micro
Stephane Duguin, Chief Executive Officer, CyberPeace Institute
Mohamed ElBaradei, Former Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (Nobel Peace Prize Laureate)
Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (Nobel Peace Prize Laureate)
Mikhail Gorbachev, Former President, Soviet Union (Nobel Peace Prize Laureate)*
Gro Harlem Brundtland, Former Director General, World Health Organization
Richard J. Hatchett, Chief Executive Officer of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations
Zhixiong Huang, Professor of International Law, Wuhan University
Igor Ivanov, Former Foreign Minister, Russia
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Former President, Liberia (Nobel Peace Prize Laureate)
Eugene Kaspersky, Chief Executive Officer, Kaspersky
Khoo Boon Hui, Former President, INTERPOL
Larry Kramer, President, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Ricardo Lagos, Former President, Chile
Doris Leuthard, Former President of the Swiss Confederation
Adrian Lovett, President and Chief Executive Officer, World Wide Web Foundation
Susana Malcorra, Former Foreign Minister, Argentina
Peter Maurer, President, International Committee of the Red Cross
Daniel Mitov, Former Foreign Minister, Bulgaria
Eduardo Montealegre, Former Foreign Minister, Nicaragua
Marty Natalegawa, Former Foreign Minister, Indonesia
Nandan Nilekani, Non-Executive Chairman of the Board, Infosys
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Former Finance Minister, Nigeria
Maia Panjikidze, Former Foreign Minister, Georgia
Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Sir Richard J. Roberts, Chief Scientific Officer, New England Biolabs (Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine)
Francesco Rocca, President, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Julio María Sanguinetti, Former President, Uruguay
Juan Manuel Santos, Former President, Colombia (Nobel Peace Prize Laureate)
Samir Saran, President, Observer Research Foundation
Marietje Schaake, Former Member of the European Parliament
Michael Schmitt, Professor of International Law, University of Reading, United States
Wendy Sherman, Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, United States
Brad Smith, President, Microsoft
Helle Thorning Schmidt, Former Prime Minister, Denmark
Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town (Nobel Peace Prize Laureate)
Danilo Türk, Former President, Slovenia
Lech Wałęsa, Former Polish President (Nobel Peace Prize Laureate)
Sir Graham Watson, Former Member of the European Parliament, UK
Jonathan Winer, Former U.S Special Envoy for Libya; Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Law Enforcement at the U.S Department of State
Harold F. Wolf III, Chief Executive Officer, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
Ernesto Zedillo, Former President, Mexico
*In signing this Statement, I also urge the convening of the special session of the UN General Assembly to discuss cessation of armed conflicts and reduction of military budgets. Mikhail Gorbachev
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