UN Report: 3-Strikes is a “Violation of Human Rights”

Frank La Rue, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, submits report concluding that disconnecting Internet users, “regardless of the justification provided,” is a violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights because it limits the type of media individuals are allowed to use to express themselves. It appears as though the UK and France have some explaining to do now that UN Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue submitted a report to the Human Rights Council concluding that Internet disconnection is a violation of human rights because it illegally restricts the type of media individuals are allowed to use to express themselves.The report explored ways to promote and protect the right of freedom and expression, particularly “key trends and challenges to the right of all individuals to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds through the Internet.”"The Special Rapporteur underscores the unique and transformative nature of the Internet not only to enable individuals to exercise their right to freedom of opinion and expression, but also a range of other human rights, and to promote the progress of society as a whole,” it reads.With this in mind he says he’s “alarmed” by proposals to disconnect individuals from the Internet for copyright law violations. He says that individuals should never have their Internet access terminated for any reason, including copyright infringement, and that to do so would be a violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”While blocking and filtering measures deny users access to specific content on the Internet, States have also taken measures to cut off access to the Internet entirely,” it reads.

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UN Report: 3-Strikes is a “Violation of Human Rights”

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Saturday, June 4th, 2011 Net News

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