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Human Rights Council (HRC)

Internet Society Status

The Internet Society has participated in the Human Rights Council following obtention of the UN ESCOSOC status in 2010. Its focus is principally on issues related to Internet and freedom of expression. 

About the HRC

The United Nations Human Rights Council is an inter-government body within the United Nations System. It is made of 47 States responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe. The main objective of the Council is to strengthen the protection and the promotion of human rights, to address violations of human rights and to make recommendations to member states.
 
The HRC has several mechanism to achieve its objectives, including a Universal Periodic Review  which assesses human rights situations in all UN Members States, as well as the UN Special Procedures which include reports by special rapporteurs on thematic issues or human rights situations in specific countries.
 
In recent years, Internet-related rights issues have started to emerge at the Human Rights Council, in particular related to the right to freedom of expression and ideas (article 19 UDHR) or the right to association and peaceful assembly (article 20 UDHR). Regional statements, resolutions and special rapporteur reports have brought the Internet to the Council's attention both as an opportunity and a challenge for human rights.
 
The Internet Society is firmly engaged in favor of an Open Internet for Human Rights, and we use the opportunity to engage in the Human Rights Council to advocate for our core user-centric principles and to provide the perspective of the Internet community on these fundamental issues.
 
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Internet Society Contributions to the HRC 

Internet Society Status Other Human Rights related contribuitons for the Internet Society 

For more information regarding the Internet Society's engagement for an Open Internet for Human Rights: http://www.internetsociety.org/humanrights