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Safety of journalists: States must act to end impunity

Safety of journalists: States must act to end impunity

UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay says States must act to address impunity: that every act of violence against a journalist that goes uninvestigated and unpunished is an open invitation to further violence.
The right to privacy in the digital age

The right to privacy in the digital age

UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay describes a ‘blurring of lines between the public and private sphere” brought about by modern communications technology and the challenges this poses to ensuring effective protection of the right to privacy.
States should respect people’s right to privacy- UN expert

States should respect people’s right to privacy- UN expert

Modern State surveillance techniques impede individual’s ability to freely express themselves, seek and receive information, consequently infringing on their right to privacy, finds Frank La Rue, UN expert on freedom of expression.
Between Free Speech and Hate Speech: The Rabat Plan of Action, a practical tool to combat incitement to hatred

Between Free Speech and Hate Speech: The Rabat Plan of Action, a practical tool to combat incitement to hatred

The Rabat Plan of Action to combat incitement to hatred, discrimination and violence, which was presented by internationally recognized experts, provides practical tools to States, the UN system, political and religious leaders, the civil society and the
Striking a balance between freedom of expression and the prohibition of incitement to hatred

Striking a balance between freedom of expression and the prohibition of incitement to hatred

Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kyung-wha Kang says, “Freedom of religion cannot exist if freedom of expression is not respected.” The two are “mutually dependent and reinforcing”, she says.
Imprisoning migrants is not the answer, says UN expert

Imprisoning migrants is not the answer, says UN expert

The detention of irregular migrants should be a measure of last resort, says the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants.
The right to send out “inconvenient” information

The right to send out “inconvenient” information

Journalists should not be intimidated, imprisoned, tortured or killed for telling “inconvenient” truths, notes the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, Frank La Rue, in his latest report to the Human Rights Council.
Freedom of the Press: in the Middle East, widely curtailed and often violated

Freedom of the Press: in the Middle East, widely curtailed and often violated

On World Press Freedom Day 2012 the UN Human Rights office in the Middle East draws attention to the dangers and restrictions faced by journalists in many countries in the region.
“The world is moving online”: promoting freedom of expression

“The world is moving online”: promoting freedom of expression

The UN Human Rights Council holds its first-ever panel discussion on the right to freedom of expression on the Internet.
Internet must be free but handled with care

Internet must be free but handled with care

A free and uncensored internet is important for democracy and human rights but there are dangers and challenges which must be accepted and managed according to panelists at a special event to commemorate Human Rights Day in Geneva.
Addressing incitement to hatred in the Americas

Addressing incitement to hatred in the Americas

Human rights experts discuss the implementation of international human rights standards to address incitement to hatred in the Americas.
Freedom of expression everywhere, including in cyberspace

Freedom of expression everywhere, including in cyberspace

States must guarantee the right to freedom of expression and opinion, including on the Internet, says UN expert.
Journalism - one of the world’s most dangerous professions

Journalism - one of the world’s most dangerous professions

Human rights chief Navi Pillay says States have an obligation to end impunity for attacks against journalists.
Freedom of expression and new media

Freedom of expression and new media

For the first time the UN Human Rights Committee considers new media in the context of the rights to freedom of opinion and expression, stressing that access must be protected.
Using social media to promote human rights

Using social media to promote human rights

The Internet Freedom Fellows, a group of bloggers and journalists, gathered at the UN to talk about the importance of a free Internet for the promotion of human rights and freedom of expression.
Freedom of expression empowers people to claim human rights

Freedom of expression empowers people to claim human rights

On World Press Freedom Day, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay stresses the interface between press freedom and fundamental human rights