UN urges states not to block information on the Internet

Jul

4

2016

The UN adopted a resolution to the effect that human rights are promoted on the Internet and must be protected. States should refrain from measures that block access to information for citizens.

The resolution calls upon states to protect freedom of expression, privacy and other human rights on the Internet. UN condemns torture, disappearances, killings and other abuses against persons who made use of the right to express their opinion over the internet.

In addition, care states for broader access to the Internet with human rights as the basis. UN condemns’ deliberate measures designed to prevent access to information online or frustrate.

The resolution was supported by more than seventy countries, including the Netherlands and Belgium, and was jointly submitted by Brazil, Nigeria, Sweden, Tunisia, USA and Turkey. The latter country was itself regularly in the news with the blocking of Internet services such as YouTube and Twitter, as users put messages that are not public-minded actors.

Include Russia and China voted against the resolution and an amendment to weaken it off, in particular the ‘human rights based approach in expanding access to the Internet the stone was stumbling. The resolution is not binding, but can be used to put political pressure on states.

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