According to a new declaration by the United Nation, access to the Internet will now be considered as a human right.
The new declaration came after the UN Human Rights council’s 17th session reached the conclusion that the “unique and transformative" way Internet has brought in since the past few years, now helps to a great extent in enabling individuals all across the globe to exercise their rights, as well as in bringing a far-reaching positive impact on the society as a whole.
“The Special Rapporteur emphasizes that there should be as little restriction as possible to the flow of information via the Internet, except in few, exceptional, and limited circumstances prescribed by international human rights law,” Frank La Rue, Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression [PDF] said in a statement.
“He also stresses that the full guarantee of the right to freedom of expression must be the norm, and any limitation considered as an exception,” Mr. La Rue added.
He also appealed to the world governments to ensure the availability of access to the Internet at all costs, even during the most challenging times such as political unrests.
Ironically, it was only yesterday when reports surfaced about the Syrian government shutting down networks throughout the country in an attempt to prevent its citizen’s from accessing global news and information, especially those from the West.