U.N. Passes Resolution Condemning Internet Shutdowns

The United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution to support human rights online. The resolution condemns internet shutdowns that have become more common around the world. In accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the resolution reaffirms the U.N.'s stance that "the same rights people have offline must also be protected online." EPIC joined an international coalition of civil society organizations to reject disruption of Internet access. EPIC previously sued the Department of Homeland Security to obtain public release of the US shutdown policy following the suspension of cell phone service during a peaceful protest at a BART transit station in San Francisco. Portions of the government policy "Standard Operating Procedure 303" were eventually released to EPIC.


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