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UNHRC Backs Freedom of Expression on the Internet

BY Lisa Goldman | Thursday, July 5 2012

Reuters reports that "...the U.N. Human Rights Council's 47 members states agreed on Thursday that this right should be protected by all states and access to the Internet should also be guaranteed."

Both Cuba and China supported the resolution, though internet access is limited by the governments of both countries.

US Ambassador Eileen Donohoe called the resolution "momentous," adding:

"It's the first ever U.N. resolution affirming that human rights in the digital realm must be protected and promoted to the same extent and with the same commitment as human rights in the physical world."

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