16/03/2012 - Internet access a human right ... stated by the United Nations rapporteur

The special United Nations rapporteur Frank La Rue makes a important statement in his report :

"Given that the Internet has become an indispensable tool for realizing a range of human rights, combating inequality, and accelerating development and human progress, ensuring universal access to the Internet should be a priority for all states."

Today, approximately 2 billion people are connected to the Internet. It's clear, the number of citizens going to use the net is increasing very rapidly and will require more and more structure and protection of the rights of each of us. However, as the Frank Le Rue also mentioned in his report :  "we have to be concerned that legitimate on-line expression is being criminalized in contravention of States' international human rights obligations, whether it is through the application of existing criminal laws to on-line expression, or through the creation of new laws specifically designed to criminalize expression on the Internet."



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