UN Human Rights Council urges Nauru to lift Internet restrictions

During the Universal Periodic Review of the U.N. Human Rights Council, several countries have called on Nauru to its lift restrictions on the Internet. The country has blocked access to several websites, a move – according to the detractors – ‘to prevent criticsm and free speech, and stop refugees and asylum seekers from communicating their plight to the outside world.’  Nauru’s government says the restrictions are motivated ‘in efforts to protect citizens from abuse, harassment and bullying’.