The UN Report of the Special Rapporteur on the protection and promotion of the right to freedom of opinion and expression examining, in particular, the role of States in undermining freedom of expression online and other implications for online rights, including recommendations for States and private actors is now available. The report includes a summary of consultations, submissions from States, companies, civil society, Academia, and others.
The human rights basket includes online aspects of freedom of expression, privacy and data protection, rights of people with disabilities and women’s rights online. Yet, other human rights come into place in the realm of digital policy, such as children’s rights, and rights afforded to journalists and the press.
The same rights that people have offline must also be protected online is the underlying principle for human rights on the Internet, and has been firmly established by the UN General Assembly and UN Human Rights Council resolutions.