Resolution on the right to freedom of information and expression on the internet in Africa (ACHPR/Res.362(LIX))

4 Nov 2016

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The resolution highlights the importance of the Internet in advancing human and peoples’ rights in Africa, particularly the right to freedom of information and expression. At the same time it condems the use of hate speech on the Internet, such as any form of speech which degrades others, promotes hatred and encourages violence against a group on the basis of criteria including race, colour, religion, national origin, gender, and disability. Among other things, it calls on the states to respect and take legislative and other measures to guarantee, respect and protect citizen’s right to freedom of information and expression through access to Internet services. Moreover it urges African citizens to exercise their right to freedom of information and expression in the Internet responsibly.