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June 29, 2011

Should internet users ever be cut off?

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by Dave Lee, the BBC

The internet is a tool which contributes to the “progress of humankind as a whole” and should be available to all.  That is the view of Frank La Rue, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression. Mr La Rue was tasked with writing a report looking into global access to the internet as a medium for freedom of opinion and expression. In the final document [PDF] presented to the Human Rights Council this week, he concluded that the removal of an individual’s internet access should only take place in “few, exceptional and limited circumstances prescribed by human rights law”. He went as far as to say that removing somebody’s internet access is to deprive them of a key component for the basic human right of freedom of expression.

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