Tuesday, July 5, 2016

South Africa Votes Against Internet Freedom

South Africa Votes Against internet Freedom
According to a report via Fin24, South Africa has joined other nations such as China and Russia in voting against a United Nations resolution on the “promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the internet.”

The resolution was however supported by countries ranging from Australia, the US, UK, Nigeria, Senegal, and Turkey. The report reveals that the United Nations had held a vote on the resolution, which seeks to bring political commitment from member states to protect human rights online such as freedom of expression and privacy.

According to the report, the resolution additionally seeks to ensure the release of those imprisoned for the “legitimate” freedom of expression online. As revealed by the report, other key points of the resolution include investigating attacks against bloggers or other internet users, and refraining from preventing access to information online by, for example, shutting down the internet during key times such as elections or terror attacks.

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