State Control of Internet Access, Freedom of Press and Atrocity Situations

Over the past few years, some States have developed new methods both of limiting access to the internet, and of regulating online content that they deem problematic. These initiatives stand in stark contrast to recent decisions by international tribunals protecting the right to free expression, and efforts at the United Nations to safeguard press freedoms. How can States effectively regulate access to the internet for legitimate protective purposes while complying with international standards regarding freedom of the press, and respecting fundamental human rights?

Introductory remarks:
  • Ambassador Roberto Flores Bermúdez, Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Representative of Honduras to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law
  • Professor Hannah Garry, Director, International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law

Moderator:

Panelists:

  • Clément Nyaletsossi Voule, Special Rapporteur on Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association
  • Toby Cadman, Co-Founder and Head of Chambers, Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers
  • Peter Micek, General Counsel and Manager, UN Policy and Advocacy, Access Now
  • Berhan Taye, Africa Policy Manager and Global Internet Shutdowns Lead, Access Now