U.N. Panel Declares Web Freedom A Human Right

The United Nations Human Rights Council yesterday for the first time backed the right to free expression on the internet. “This outcome is momentous for the Human Rights Council,” said U.S. ambassador Eileen Donahoe, 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.” China and Cuba joined the council’s consensus, despite the fact that authorities in both countries regularly limit internet freedom.