United Nations declares Internet access as basic human right

Along with food, clothing, shelter, education etc., United Nations declared free and uninterrupted Internet access as a basic human right stating it is”an indispensable tool for realizing a range of human rights, combating inequality, and accelerating development and human progress.”

Announced on June 3, 2011, the declaration comes in the midst of political uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa. According to the report “The Special Rapporteur underscores the unique and transformative nature of the Internet not only to enable individuals to exercise their right to freedom of opinion and expression, but also a range of other human rights, and to promote the progress of society as a whole.”

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