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Freedom Online Coalition issues Joint Statement on COVID-19 and Internet Freedom

Dear Listers,

The Freedom Online Coalition (FOC) has issued a joint statement on COVID-19
and Internet Freedom. In the statement, FOC reaffirms its commitment to
promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms proclaimed in the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights, and to working together to support Internet
freedom for individuals worldwide – including the freedoms of expression,
association, peaceful assembly, as well as privacy rights online.

FOC expresses concern about the human rights implications of certain
measures introduced by governments in response to the COVID-19 crisis, such
as the use of arbitrary or unlawful surveillance practices, network
shutdowns and censorship. FOC calls upon governments worldwide to refrain
from adopting or implementing laws and?policies that may negatively affect
the enjoyment of human rights, to promote an enabling environment for free
expression and access to information, and take appropriate action to
address Internet shutdowns, digital divides and spread of disinformation
online.

You can read the full statement here
<freedomonlinecoalition.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/FOC-Joint-Statement-on-COVID-19-and-Internet-Freedom-1.pdf>
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*Victor Kapiyo*
Partner | *Lawmark Partners LLP*
*Suite No. 8, Centro House, Westlands, Nairobi | **Web: www.lawmark.co.ke
<www.lawmark.co.ke> *
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*“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude” Zig
Ziglar*

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