Wednesday, July 10, 2013

A world passport for Edward Snowden

But will anybody recognize it?

Guadalajara -
The World Service Authority (WSA), a non-profit organization which promotes world citizenship, world law and world government, announced at its Washington, D.C. headquarters today that it has issued a "World Passport" to former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who remains trapped in an international transit area of the Moscow airport.

Snowden was stripped of his American passport by the U.S. State Dept. last month.

Although almost no country recognizes the legitimacy of WSA issued passports, the organization maintains they are valid under principles in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The UDHR was approved in 1948 by four dozen countries, including the United States. WSA was founded in 1954.

Article 13, section 2 of the UDHR provides, "Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country."

In addition to the U.S., Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Venezuela all voted in support of the UDHR. Russia - then the Soviet Union - did not. Ecuador has claimed in the past that it recognizes the World Passport, together with a handful of other nations. Russia, the U.S. and the European Union do not consider the WSA passport to be valid for international travel.

There is no indication that Snowden or his team of Wikileaks advisers solicited the WSA passport. Neither the U.S. State Dept., the Russian foreign ministry or Venezuelan officials have commented.

July 11 - Ecuador said this morning that it will not recognize the passport, and confirmed again that Snowden's application for asylum cannot be considered unless and until he arrives in the country.

July 12 - Edward Snowden plans to remain in Russia, sources say
July 9 - Venezuela puts out the welcome mat for Edward Snowden, unconditionally

WSA's flag promoting world citizenship

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