Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 34th session

By Deborah Brown (APC); Elena Goldstein and Peter Micek (Access Now)
Publisher: APCNews     Geneva, 24 February 2017

The 34th session of the Human Rights Council will take place from 27 February to 24 March 2017 in Geneva. Internet rights remain at the forefront of the HRC agenda, with the Council scheduled to debate a new resolution on the right to privacy in the digital age. The HRC will also review reports by the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights while countering terrorism that encompass an array of internet rights issues as they intersect with countering violent extremism, such as the right to privacy and threats posed by indiscriminate government surveillance. Meanwhile, data collection and disaggregation, ICT accessibility and connectivity, and social media hate speech and silos appear in several reports up for discussion.

For a comprehensive overview of internet-related developments expected at the upcoming session, see our full briefing document here.