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​​Comments on legislation and policy

In this page, the UN Special Rapporteur shares all comments provided by the mandate to States on national laws, regulations and policies. The mandate regularly provides comments on the adequacy of normative and policy developments with international standards for the right to freedom of opinion and expression.

See below a list of letters concerning national norms sent since 2011 by the UN special rapporteur and the responses from Government to these communications. 


Recent communications

USA 

  • 24 August 2017 - Federal Communications Commission's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking - OL USA 20/2017  

Palestine 

Apple

  • 4 August 2017: Removal of VPN applications from Apple Store in China - OL OTH 16/2017

Kenya

  • 26 July 2017 - Guidelines for Prevention of Dissemination of Undesirable Bulk Political SMS and Social Media Content via Electronic Communications Networks - OL KEN 10/2017

Germany

Hungary

United States of America

  • 9 May 2017 - Intensified screening of travellers at the US border based on their religious affiliation - OL USA 6/2017

United States of America

  • 1 May 2017 - Intensified social media screening of travellers at the US border - OL USA 7/2016

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

  • 9 January 2017: Digital Economy Bill - 28 April 2017 - OL GBR 1/2017

Brazil

Hungary

Committee on NGOs of the Economic and Social Council

  • 5 April 2017 - Working methods to grant consultative status to non-governmental organizations- OL OTH 5/2017

United States of America

  • 27 March 2017 - Draft bills on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression - OL USA 3/2017
    Government reply - 11 May 2017

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The Netherlands

Ecuador

  • 14 octubre 2016: Ley Orgánica de Comunicación de su país, y los efectos adversos a la libertad de expresión y de opinión que resultan de su puesta en práctica - OL ECU (6.2016)



All communications sent since 2011 divided by country

Azerbaijan

  • 10/12/2012 – Amendments to Law on Freedom of Assembly, the Administrative Offences Code and the Criminal Code. -  AZE 5/2012
    Government reply: 16/08/2013

Australia

  • 12/02/2016- Amendments to criminal code « Prevention of Lawful Activity Bill » in the state of Western Australia – AUS 1/2016
    Government reply: 13/04/2016

Bahrain

Bangladesh

  • 29/10/2013 - Amended Information and Communication Technology Act - BGD 11/2013
    Government reply: 31/10/2013
  • 02/07/2014 - Latest version of the draft Foreign Donations (Voluntary Activities) Regulation Act 2014 - BGD 3/2014
    Government reply: 08/07/2014

Bolivia

  • 30/10/2014 - Reglamento parcial 1987 de la Ley 351 de Otorgación de Personalidades Jurídicas - BOL 3/2014
    Government reply: 02/01/2015

Brazil

  • 28/10/2015 - Draft terrorism legislation, Law  no.101/2015BRA 8/2015
    Government Reply: 30/10/2015

Brunei Darussalam

  • 20/04/2016 – Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement  - BRN 1/2016

Burundi

  • 18/02/2013 - Draft law modifying Law No. 1/025 (Regulating the press)BDI 1/2013

Cameroun

  • 08/01/2014- Law 962 on Counter-terrorismCMR 2/2014

Canada

  • 20/04/2016 – Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement – CAN 1/2016
    Government reply: 02/05/2016  and 14/06/2016

Chile

  • 02/11/2012 - Proyecto de Ley que Fortalece el Resguardo del Orden Público - CHL 5/2012
    Government reply: 07/01/2013
  • 20/04/2016- Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement – CHL 2/2016

China

  • 04/08/2015- Draft law on Cyber-Security  – CHN 7/2015

Ecuador

  • 19/07/2012 - Proyecto de Ley Orgánica de Comunicación - ECU 1/2012
    Government reply: 03/09/2012
  • 14 octubre 2016: Ley Orgánica de Comunicación de su país, y los efectos adversos a la libertad de expresión y de opinión que resultan de su puesta en práctica - OL ECU (6.2016)

Egypt

  • 12/02/2013 - Two draft laws on associations and on assembly EGY 4/2013
  • 14/01/2014 - Draft of the new Constitution as approved by the Egyptian Constituent Assembly EGY 1/2014
    Government reply: 29/01/2014 and 09/09/2014
  • 19/08/2015 - Law on censorship of artistic works and on artistic expressionEGY 9/2015
    Government reply: 31/05/2016

France

  • 28/12/2015 - Law no.2015/1556 on surveillance of international electronic communication, and law on state of emergencyFRA 7/2015
    Government reply: 26/02/2016

Gambia

  • 16/07/2013- Amendments on the Information and Communication Act - GMB 1/2013

Germany

Guatemala

  • 10/03/2014 -Iniciativa de Ley para la Circulación por Carreteras Libres de Cualquier Tipo de Obstáculos - GTM 1/2014
    Government reply: 08/05/2014

Hungary

  • 14/03/2012 - Law Freedom of the Press and the Fundamental Rules on Media Content (Act CIV of 2010) and the Media Services and Mass Media Act (Act CLXXXV of 2010)- HUN 2/2012
    Government reply: 18/05/2012
  • 29/02/2012 – New Constitution and related legal provisions for the independence of the judiciary- HUN 1/2012
    Government reply: 14/05/2012 and 07/09/2012

Indonesia

  • 31/08/2012 - Bill on Societal Organizations - IDN 11/2012

Israel

  • 03/03/16 – Draft legislation “Transparency Law” –ISR 1/2016

Japan

  • 20/04/2016 – Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement – JPN 2/2016

Kazakhstan

Kenya

  • 15/11/2013 –Bill amending two Acts: the Public Benefits Organizations Act and the National Youth Council ActKEN 8/2013
  • 18/12/2014- Draft Security Laws BillKEN 7/2014 

Kyrgyz Republic

  • 30/09/2013 – Draft law on “Non-commercial organizations fulfilling the role of foreign agents” KGZ 2/2013
    Government reply: 22/11/2013 
  • 06/05/2014 – Draft Bill “On the formation of a positive attitude toward non-traditional forms of sexual relations” KGZ 1/2014
  • 23/09/2014 – Amendments to the laws governing non-profit organizationsKGZ 5/2014

Lao People’s Democratic Republic

  • 07/11/2014- Decree No. 327 on Internet-Based Information Control/ManagementLAO 1/2014
  • 29/05/2015- Draft decree on Associations and FoundationsLAO 1/2015
  • 06/05/2016- Decree on Press Activities of Foreign Media, International Organizations and Diplomatic Missions – LAO 2/2016

Latvia

  • 15/04/2016 – Draft legislation amending criminal law provisions on national security – LVA 1/2016
    Government reply: 09/06/2016

Libya

  • 09/01/2013 – Law no. 65/2012 regulating peaceful protests LBY 3/2012    

Malaysia

  • 20/04/2016 – Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement – MYS 5/2016

Maldives

  • 26/05/2016 – Draft law on “Protection of Reputation and Good Name and Freedom of Expression Bill”MDV 1/2016

Mauritania

  • 07/08/2015- Adoption of law on associationsMRT 3/2015

México

  • 18/08/2014- Decreto N ° 159 que modifica e introduce nuevas disposiciones a la Ley Orgánica de la Procuraduría General de JusticiaMEX 15/2014

Government reply: 21/10/2014

  • 20/04/2016- Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement – MEX 3/2016

Montenegro

  • 02/03/2015- Fast-tracked adoption of revised Public Assembly ActMNE 1/2015
    Government Reply: 29/04/2015

Myanmar

  • 18/03/2013- Decree on the Right to Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession MMR 1/2013

Nepal

Nigeria

  • 18/07/2014 and 10/02/2016- Draft Act to Regulate the Acceptance and Utilization of Financial/Material Contribution of Donor Agencies to Voluntary Organizations and for Matters Connected TherewithNGO 4/2014 and NGA 1/2016

Pakistan

  • 08/07/2016 – “Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act” - PAK 8/2016
  • 07/03/2014- Foreign Contributions Bill PAK 3/2014

Peru

  • 30/07/2015- Adoption of Resolutions no.085-2015 and no.097-2015 modifying directives regulating associationsPER 2/2015 
  • 20/04/2016- TPP – PER 2/2016

Republic of Moldova

  • 29/07/2013- Law n°117 completing the Contravention Code MDA 4/2013
    Government reply: 08/11/2013

Russian Federation

  • 13/06/2013- Law on Introducing Amendments to Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation ( Regulating Activities of Non-commercial Organizations which Carry Functions of Foreign Agents) RUS 3/2013
  • 16/06/2012 – Law introducing amendments to : the Code on Administrative Violations, and Federal Law on Assemblies, Meetings, Demonstrations, Processions and PicketingRUS 4/2012
  • 11/07/2012 – Draft law on Introducing Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation Regarding the Regulation of Activities of Non-commercial Organizations Performing the Functions of Foreign Agents RUS 5/2012
    Government reply: 23/07/2012
  • 12/12/2012 – Draft federal law No. 44554-6 introducing amendments to the Code on Administrative Offences RUS 8/2012
    Government reply: 24/01/2013
  • 18/12/2013 – Law on Introducing Amendments to Legislative Acts (in part regulating Activities of Non-Commercial Organizations which Carry Functions of Foreign Agents)RUS 13/2013
    Government reply: 19/02/2014
  • 20/06/2014 – Law on Non-commercial Organizations which Carry Functions of Foreign Agents RUS 5/2014 Government reply: 25/08/2014

Spain

  • 30/12/2013 – Ley Orgánica sobre Protección de la Seguridad CiudadanaESP 7/2013
    Government reply: 03/04/2014
  • 17/02/2015- Reform of penal code to include counter-terrorism provisions - ESP 3/2015
    Government reply: 19/03/2015

South Sudan

  • 04/12/2013 – Non-Governmental Organization BillSSD 1/2013  
  • 23/10/2014- Non-Governmental Organizations Bill -  SSD 1/2014
  • 29/07/2015- Entry into-force of Non-Governmental Organizations Bill SSD 1/2015

Sudan

  • 15/08/2013- Amendments to the Legislation on the Armed ForcesSDN 6/2013

Tajikistan

  • 03/12/2014-  Amendments to Law on Public Associations - TJK 6/2014  
  • 03/05/2016- Law on Public Associations – TJK 2/2016
    Government reply: 23/06/2016

Thailand

  • 12/11/2014 – Draft Public Assembly Act THA 12/2014

Tunisia

  • 24/07/2015- Draft law no.2015-22 on counter-terrorism  – TUN 1/2015

Uganda

  • 15/06/2012 – Public Order Management Bill UGA 4/2012
  • 21/02/2013 – Draft on (anti) homosexuality legislation- UGA 6/2012
  • 17/12/2013- Public Order Management Act-UGA 1/2013
  • 04/02/2014 – Revised version of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill UGA 1/2014
    Government reply: 21/02/2014

Ukraine

  • 09/06/2015- Adoption of Parliament Resolution requesting derogation from certain rights protected by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the European Convention on Human RightsUKR 1/2015
  • 16/11/2015- Decree banning journalists and bloggers from reporting in the country on grounds of “threats to national security”UKR 6/2015

United Arab Emirates

  • 04/12/2012 – Federal Legal Decree No. 5/2012, amending the 2006 Cybercrime Law ARE 8/2012
  • 07/11/2013 – Implementation of the new law on Cyber Crime ARE 5/2013

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

United States of America

  • 30 September 2016: Proposal to request travelers' social media information on immigration forms - USA 9/2016.
  • 20/04/2016 – Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement –USA 4/2016

Venezuela

  • 14/06/2016 - “Decreto No. 2.323 publicado en la Gaceta Oficial No. 6.227 el 13 de Mayo de 2016” - OL VEN 7/2016
  • 20/02/2015- Ministerial Resolution 008610 regulating freedom of associationVEN 1/2015
    Government reply : 22/04/2015 and 20/05/2015

Viet Nam

  • 01/10/2013 - Decree on the Management, Provision, Use of Internet Services and Information Content Online (known as “Decree 72”) - VNM 7/2013
    Government reply: 10/01/2014
  • 20/04/2016 – Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement- VNM 2/2016