Freedom of Expression and the Internet – UN, OSCE Reports and Joint Declaration of Special Rapporteurs

21 08 2011

On 12 February 2011 we had a post on the so-called “human right to internet access”.   This is a point which has been considered on a number of occasions by international organisations over recent months.  On 16 May 2011, there was a report to the Human Rights Council by Frank La Rue, the UN Special Rapporteur on on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression.

Report concluded that cutting off users from Internet access, regardless of the justification provided, including on the grounds of violating intellectual property rights law, is disproportionate and thus a violation of Article 19 of the ICCPR. Read the rest of this entry »