The United Nations in a historical move, passed a landmark resolution that affirms same rights for people both offline as well as online
In a landmark decision taken earlier in the month of July this year, the United Nations Human Rights Council, has passed a resolution that protects freedom of individuals over the internet.
With this, the role of internet firms in protecting the human rights is likely to come under scrutiny as hitherto, they have only helped the countries in the production of online monitoring and censoring tools.
Abiding by the exact words mentioned in the resolution, the council “Affirms that the same rights that people have offline must also be protected online, in particular freedom of expression, which is applicable regardless of frontiers and through any media of one’s choice”. The declaration was made “in accordance with articles 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights;”