WASHINGTON, Dec 2 (Reuters) - The White House will unveil a
group of countries next week that have pledged to work together
to curb exports of technology that can be used by bad actors and
repressive governments to violate human rights, senior
administration officials said on Thursday.
The announcement, which will be made as part of U.S.
President Joe Biden's Summit for Democracy https://www.reuters.com/world/bidens-democracy-summit-problematic-invite-list-casts-shadow-impact-2021-11-07,
is aimed at addressing "the misuse of certain dual-use
technologies that can lead to human rights abuses" and ensuring
"critical and emerging technologies work for and not against
democratic societies," the officials told reporters in a
The officials declined to name the countries that would join
the group or the technologies or users targetted by it, but said
members would develop and adopt a "written nonbinding code of
conduct or statement of principles intended to guide the
application of human rights criteria to export licensing
The officials singled out China as an example of a nation
that has misused technology to control its population.
Earlier this year, the Biden administration added Chinese
companies to a trade blacklist for enabling human rights abuses
against Uigher Muslims and added Burmese entities following the
coup there. In October, it released a rule to control the export
of items used for malicious cyber activities.
The administration invited just over 100 government leaders
to the virtual Democracy event on Dec. 9 and 10, the first of
its kind, which aims to help stop democratic backsliding and the
erosion of rights and freedoms worldwide. The list does not
include China or Russia.
(Reporting by Alexandra Alper in Washington
Editing by Matthew Lewis)