Briefing note: Human Rights Council 25th session

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By By Deborah Brown (Access), Joy Liddicoat and Shawna Finnegan (APC) (APC and Access)
, February 2014

The 25th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) will take place in Geneva from March 3rd to 28th. This note provides information on internet related human rights issues in the upcoming session of the HRC. Overall, we can see the continuing trend addressing internet and human rights issues in increasingly diverse aspects of its work. This is the Council’s 25th session and will see internet issues considered across a broad range of topics, including in the context of peaceful protest, good governance, freedom of region and belief, the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, human rights defenders, cultural rights, and the rights of persons with disabilities to education. We continue to see more special procedures mandate holders (or Special Rapporteurs) referring to the internet, and internet issues continue to be raised on a country-specific basis, through for example the issues of content blocking and censorship in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) processes relating to Pakistan and Malaysia.

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