Today is a historic day in the work for global internet freedom. United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva has adopted a new resolution in order to ensure freedom of expression on the internet.
The initiative was formulated by Sweden, Brazil, Nigeria, Tunisia, Turkey and the United States, but more than 80 states have supported the proposal that was accepted through a consensus decision. By guaranteeing freedom of expression online, the resolution strengthens the idea that there should be no discrimination of medium used for dissemination of information.
Moreover, the aim is to increase the global spread of internet and access to information, especially in countries that are undergoing major development.
Internet freedom has been one of the top priorities for Sweden and this acknowledgment shows that the Swedish foreign policy has been successful.
– The role of the internet in promoting freedom of expression and global development cannot not be enough stressed. We will work in order to ensure that today’s decision has an impact on other international processes, said Sweden’s Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt shortly after the resolution was adopted.
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