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    OSCE Media Freedom Representative Dunja Mijatoviс welcomed on Tuesday the latest UN resolution on human rights protection on the Internet.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) On Friday, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) passed a resolution calling for human rights to be protected online and condemning any kind of violations of these rights when they are lawfully exercised online.

    "This resolution is a milestone for free expression on the Internet…. It clearly shows that all members of the UN Human Rights Council, the world’s highest human rights body, overwhelmingly agree that the rights people have offline must also be protected online," Mijatoviс said in a statement.

    The Friday UN resolution is the third one dealing with the digital culture and implementation of human rights on the Internet. Two previous ones were passed in 2012 and 2014, respectively.

    Governments around the globe often abuse their authority over the Internet, trying to clampdown on human rights and freedom of expression, as happened in April when the Turkish authorities blocked Sputnik News Agency's website, citing "administrative measures" and using authority to block any type of resource on the Internet without a court order.


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