Shahid, the Foreign Minister of Maldives, is on a three-day visit to India in his official capacity as President-elect of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
In an interview with, he also said that the digital regime that governs digital communications is an area that must be seriously analyzed.
“Privacy is a right protected by the constitutions of all civilized countries and must be respected,” he said.
When asked if the existing framework needed to be improved to address privacy-related issues, he replied in the affirmative.
“The digital privacy regime that governs digital communications is an area that needs to be taken seriously (by the global community),” he said.
On whether the issue can be discussed in the UN General Assembly, he said that it is up to the member countries to decide.
The alleged use of Pegasus software to spy on journalists, human rights defenders, politicians and others in various countries, including India, raised concerns about privacy-related issues.
Politicians, rights activists and journalists were among the targets of spyware for phones sold to various governments by an Israeli company, according to an international media consortium.
Asked about the concern about the violation of human rights in various parts of the world, Shahid said that “respecting the rights of all is one of the five ‘rays of hope’ that I bring.”
“Because I believe that human rights are very important to gain the trust of countries and also of people in multilateralism. The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva and the general Assembly in New York they have a complementary role, ”he said.
India is the first country Shahid has visited in his capacity as president-elect of the UN General Assembly after he was elected to office on June 7.