UN agrees to adopt expanded resolution on online speech rights


A vote today by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has agreed to affirm an expanded resolution on online rights.

Russia and China had tabled several amendments to the text but these were rejected by the sponsor countries who argued they were an attempt to dilute its focus.

The resolution, with the stated aim of bolstering “the promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the Internet” was submitted to the UN council by Brazil, Nigeria, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey and the US. Three amendments proposed by China and Russia were rejected, another was withdrawn.

It’s not the first such resolution on online rights adopted by the UNHRC, following two previous HRC resolutions adopted by consensus in June 2012 and June 2014. But the latest resolution UNHCR…

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