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CDT Statement on UN Special Rapporteur’s Report on Free Expression & the Internet

Washington — The Center for Democracy & Technology welcomes the release today of United Nations Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue’s report on freedom of expression and the Internet. The report, presented to the Human Rights Council in Geneva, is a significant contribution towards the development of a progressive human rights jurisprudence for the global Internet.

“The report provides initial guidance for countries that are grappling with how to address complex Internet policy challenges while upholding their obligations to human rights,” said Leslie Harris, CDT President & CEO.

“As Rapporteur La Rue affirms, the Internet’s unique ability to provide ample space for individual free expression can lead to the strengthening of other human rights, including political, economic and social rights,” said Cynthia Wong, Director of CDT’s Project on Global Internet Freedom. “In order for these rights to be realized, governments, civil society and industry must all continue to build on the work begun by the Special Rapporteur.”

Special Rapporteur’s Frank La Rue’s report