Tell the UN to Protect the Internet!
4:00pm | 1 June 2011 | by Joseph Steele,
UPDATE Saturday June 4: Thousands of you from over 40 countries (including Argentina, Egypt, Iran and Kenya) have written to your UN Reps in support of internet freedom. Keep the emails coming! Governments are deciding their responses all next week. You can watch Friday's event at the Human Rights Council here:
For the first time the UN Human Rights Council is receiving its official report on freedom of expression on the internet (click here if you wish to download the whole report). We need to stand up to authoritarian states and even some democracies at the UN who will reject the report's provisions for an open, rights-respecting and unmonitored internet. Your voices will show government's that their people are demanding human rights online! Send them an email now. Here's how:
STEP 1: Copy the email address of your country representative by clicking here.
STEP 2: Write your own email or just use the text below to email from your own email client (there is no form for this campaign):
As my representative at the UN, I call upon you to protect the internet from forces that would see it filtered, censored, privatized and monitored. I therefore ask that you adopt the UN Special Rapporteur's Report on Freedom of Expression (A/HRC/17/27) which is being presented to the seventeenth session of the Human Rights Council. As the report sets out, I believe:
- the internet should be open and accessible to all;
- unlawful surveillance online should be prohibited;
- censorship online should be a strictly limited exception not the norm;
Thank you for your commitment to internet freedom.
STEP 3: Send your email (please "Cc" us at firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you're interested in finding out more about how your support led to our efforts at the e-G8, check out our blog post here.
Click here to find out how to participate remotely from home at the UN event on Friday (thanks again to APC!).
Together, we can make sure the UN and governments around the world recognize the rights and freedom of civil society.