[IRP] Urgent - Statement on Egyptian Internet restrictions
Tue Feb 1 14:17:18 EET 2011
I certainly support us issuing a statement! One question: do we have
evidence that the government is behind the disruption? If we do I think we
should list the evidence and the source.
If we dont have evidence I suggest we rephrase: "urges the Egyptian
government to end its violation of the Egyptian people?s rights to freedom
Should we maybe call on them to investigate and ensure it stops?
Maybe: "urges the Egyptian government to end the violation of the Egyptian
people?s rights to freedom of expression"
"The future is not what it used to be"
On Tue, Feb 1, 2011 at 11:58 AM, Anriette Esterhuysen <anriette at apc.org>wrote:
> Good statement Lisa and Dixie. We can put it on the APC site once it is
> On 01/02/11 13:14, Lisa Horner wrote:
> > Hi all
> > I'd like to suggest that the IRP coalition issues a statement on the
> Internet cuts and media disruptions in Egypt, in solidarity with the
> protestors there. Seeing how we've discussed in depth Internet access and
> accessibility as a fundamental component of the Charter and of human rights
> online, I really feel that we should condemn what's going on in Egypt.
> Dixie and I have drafted a statement below. Please could you respond ASAP
> (by 15.00 GMT) to say whether you're happy for this to go out. We can then
> all send far and wide.
> > Thanks and all the best,
> > Lisa
> > The Internet Rights and Principles Dynamic Coalition urges the Egyptian
> government to end its violation of the Egyptian people's rights to freedom
> of expression and peaceful assembly by lifting restrictions on access to the
> Internet and other Information and Communication Technologies.
> > The Egyptian government has cut off all Internet access in the country.
> Mobile phone networks have also been severely disrupted. Restrictions have
> also been placed on Egyptian and international media, including the blocking
> of Al Jazeera's broadcast signal and seizure of its equipment.
> > These actions are direct and serious violations of the rights of the
> Egyptian people to freedom of expression and assembly. The right to freedom
> of expression is enshrined in international law in Article 19 of the
> International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which Egypt
> has ratified. The right includes freedom to seek, receive and impart
> information through any media, regardless of frontiers. In modern society,
> the Internet is fundamental for the fulfilment of the right to freedom of
> expression. It is also an essential tool for peaceful assembly, whether
> online or offline, as protected by Article 21 of the ICCPR.
> > These restrictions on communications access are a disproportionate and
> unnecessary response to legitimate political protest. The UN Human Rights
> Council Resolution 12/16 states that it is never permissible for any
> government to restrict peaceful demonstrations and political activities,
> including those for democracy. It also states that placing restrictions on
> access to, or use of, information and communication technologies is never
> permissible. This includes access to radio, television and the Internet.
> > The explosion of information and communication technologies across the
> world has brought with it unprecedented opportunities for the fulfilment of
> human rights, social and economic development and democracy. These
> opportunities must not be lost through misguided efforts to control online
> > The Dynamic Coalition calls on the Egyptian government to restore the
> right to freedom of expression and assembly in Egypt through removing all
> restrictions on communication. All professional and citizen journalists in
> Egypt must be free to report on unfolding events through any media platform,
> to national and international audiences. All people must have full access
> to the Internet, to mobile phones and SMS, and to national and international
> > About the Internet Rights and Principles Dynamic Coalition
> > The IRP DC is an international network of people who are working to
> uphold human rights on and through the Internet. The coalition is currently
> undertaking a major project to draft a Charter of Human Rights and
> Principles for the Internet. This applies international human rights
> standards to the Internet environment. It outlines what human rights people
> have when operating online, and what elements of Internet architecture need
> to be protected in order to realise human rights to the fullest extent
> > ___________________________________________________________
> > Lisa Horner
> > Head of Research & Policy Global Partners and Associates
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> anriette esterhuysen anriette at apc.org
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