Thursday, June 18, 2015

Mass Surveillance Under International Law Regarding Freedom Of Expression — A New UN Report

Joel Simon at Slate examines the issues.

Slate apparently doesn't believe in inserting content links in its online articles, so I did a bit of googling and searching the hard way and came up with this UN summary of the Human Rights Council meeting at which the report was presented.

Not surprisingly, some of the more anti‑free‑expression nations with membership on the Council had some astringent things to say, and I have to admit that it must have been difficult for the presenters (David Kaye, the U.N.’s Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and Maina Kiai, Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association) to deal with, e.g., the United States and its divergence of late from the straight-and-narrow regarding protection of those freedoms.

All in all, a worthwhile report of the Council meeting and an intriguing analysis by Mr. Simon. Recommended! (I did not chase down the report itself; sorry.)

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