[IRPCoalition] New UNHRC resolution on the internet: access, education, combating hatred online
shawna at apc.org
Tue Jul 8 06:33:31 EEST 2014
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The Human Rights Council adopted a new resolution in June, on the
protection, promotion and enjoyment of human rights on the internet.
https://www.apc.org/en/system/files/L.24 Oral Revisions.pdf
The resolution was co-sponsored by 82 States, and includes specific
references to education and digital literacy, calling on States to
facilitate access to the internet, and address security concerns based
on the rule of law.
For those interested, APC has done a brief analysis of the resolution:
When the text was presented to the Council, a new paragraph was added,
stressing the "importance of combating the advocacy of hatred that
constitutes incitement to discrimination or violence on the internet,
including by promoting tolerance and dialogue".
Despite this addition, China, on behalf of a group of States, proposed
an oral amendment to "emphasize the importance of combating derogatory
stereotyping, negative profiling, religious hatred, extremist or
terrorist views”. This language would have provided justification for
online censorship, contrary to international standards, but ultimately
the amendment was voted down.
Article 19 has also developed an analysis of the resolution, which
includes more information on the proposed amendment, and its
Human rights and the Internet
Association for Progressive Communications
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