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U.N. Report Declares Internet Access a Human Right

A United Nations report said Friday that disconnecting people from the internet is a human rights violation and against international law. Full Article

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The contents of this report are important to registered citizens because they state plainly that all people have the right to access the internet. That means that parole and probation officers should no longer prohibit registered citizens from using the internet. When they do so, it increases a registrant’s sense of isolation and hurts him/her when he/she tries to find a job.

Prohibitions also limit people from gaining information about issues and educating themselves.
It’s also interesting that this report calls on governments to stop requiring arbitrary real name registries for online crime prevention and to foster anonymous expression — the very thing proposition tried to take away from us.

Please correct: proposition “35”.

Wow, we have international laws on our side? What will the US do now?

Hi Ron Lake County, CA:

I hate to say it, but the way things have been going here in the US they’ll probably start saying things like “that’s the UN; were not the UN, it doesn’t apply to us. If it saves one child” etc, etc!!

Even though that report is like three years old, It hasn’t prevented any arrogant states like NY, LA, AR, CA, et al. from continuing to press forward with internet restrictions on their citizens. I guess the U.S. only supports the U.N. financially. Not morally.

Hi Mike:

So true!!! So many states just don’t seem to care about human rights, let alone the law’s put in place to prevent the kinds of human right’s violations we experience. As things are there’s a section in the 290 code dedicated to removing more of our privacy rights by way of our screen names, passwords, etc. It’s on hold for now, but it’s disturbing that it’s there in the 290 code, waiting to be put into effect.

Florida as well, which is no surprise. But for those on probation only.

Florida Statute 948.30(h)
Effective for probationers and community controllees whose crime is committed on or after July 1, 2005, a prohibition on accessing the Internet or other computer services until a qualified practitioner in the offender’s sex offender treatment program, after a risk assessment is completed, approves and implements a safety plan for the offender’s accessing or using the Internet or other computer services.

Hi TWI

Florida needs to be blown off the map! I’m surprised slavery isn’t still legal there!

It actually is, and not just Florida, it is disguised as the prison system where USA mass incarceration is epidemic, corporations like Walmart and so forth provide work at prison systems at $0.10 per hour in prisons systems is a SLAVE system, so no wonder that politicians and who ever are so eager to put anyone into prison to support slavery.

When I was on probation….for 5 YEARS, I was not allowed to access the Internet, or posses any item that would access the internet, including a cell phone.

So…..does this mean that we could possibly now SUE the State of California for Human Rights violations??
If so, I would be MORE than willing to be the first test case!!!!

United Nations (U.N.) involved is a great status for human rights.

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