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

The report railed against France and the United Kingdom, which have passed laws to remove accused copyright scofflaws from the internet. It also protested blocking internet access to quell political unrest.
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So, the report cites Article 19, Paragraph 3 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which reads:

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Originally Posted by ICCPR
Article 19

1. Everyone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference.

2. Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice.

3. The exercise of the rights provided for in paragraph 2 of this article carries with it special duties and responsibilities. It may therefore be subject to certain restrictions, but these shall only be such as are provided by law and are necessary:

(a) For respect of the rights or reputations of others;

(b) For the protection of national security or of public order (ordre public), or of public health or morals.
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Looks like they have it backwards.
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For pity's sake, not more human rights crap. I don't know what idiots keep baseing laws on human rights but their original ideals were to stop more serious issues. You know, torture, persecution, etc...

I find it laughable how something like commiting genocide and denying internet access could both be percieved as violating "human rights". The more non-sense they add to it the more people will start crying out about how their human rights are being violated over trivial things.

This is a good thing for people of the nation's who are part of the UN, but it leads to other pointless crap. Try this scenario, if its against human rights to take away someone's internet access then that means in turn convicted criminals would be having their human rights violated. At present inmates are not allowed access to the internet in British prisons. At least not Cat B and above from what I recall.
Edited by t4ct1c47 - 6/3/11 at 7:07pm
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I don't know the whole background story behind this, but I agree that internet access should very well be a right. I can only imagine if you needed a license to operate the internet.
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Yay! I can pirate without the danger of getting my internet shut off! If it does I can file a human rights violation!

I'm kidding about the pirating, but still if they shut it off I can still file a human rights violation.
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For pity's sake, not more human rights crap. I don't know what idiots keep baseing laws on human rights but their original ideals were to stop more serious issues. You know, torture, persecution, etc...

I find it laughable how something like commiting genocide and denying internet access could both be percieved as violating "human rights". The more non-sense they add to it the more people will start crying out about how their human rights are being violated over trivial things.
The internet is used for a lot of political movements, most of the arab spring stuff spread so quickly due to the internet. Blocking the internet is similar to suppressing the media, and this ruling is recognizing that. It's not just about belly aching because of some guy who got disconnected from pirating stuff.
    
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The funny thing is, this is happening shortly after Egypt cut it's access to the internet. And I believe Syria is doing the same thing.

I think it's just another excuse to do what we all know what's going to happen.
I'll try to not make what I say political.
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For pity's sake, not more human rights crap. I don't know what idiots keep baseing laws on human rights but their original ideals were to stop more serious issues. You know, torture, persecution, etc...
The more rights I get as a human, the happier I am (as long as they're not something crazy). Everyone should have the right to access the internet its one the greatest things civilization has done.


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I find it laughable how something like commiting genocide and denying internet access could both be percieved as violating "human rights". The more non-sense they add to it the more people will start crying out about how their human rights are being violated over trivial things.
How do you find it laughable? While losing internet access is no where near as serious as genocide, it's still something special that should be a protected right.


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This is a good thing for people of the nation's who are part of the UN, but it leads to other pointless crap. Try this scenario, if its against human rights to take away someone's internet access then that means in turn convicted criminals would be having their human rights violated. At present inmates are not allowed access to the internet in British prisons. At least not Cat B and above from what I recall.
I'm not so sure about this, but when you commit a crime I think you lose all of your rights except for the basics. Like stuff that protects you from harm and grants fair treatment.
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Yay! I can pirate without the danger of getting my internet shut off! If it does I can file a human rights violation!

I'm kidding about the pirating, but still if they shut it off I can still file a human rights violation.
i dont think it quite means in this way....and yes, i see ur hidden message
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If we have this right, why do we even have to pay for internet then?
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