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UN: UK Digital Economy Act Is Human Rights Violation

Roblimo posted more than 3 years ago | from the don't-disconnect-me-bro dept.

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David Gerard writes "The Open Rights Group reports that tomorrow, the United Nations Human Rights Commission will issue a report condemning the UK Digital Economy Act as a human rights violation. It 'names the UK as violating Article 19 by allowing disconnection of Internet users in the Digital Economy Act.'"

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Makes sense to me, in retrospect (1)

Mathinker (909784) | more than 3 years ago | (#36320682)

I hadn't thought of this before, but this is logical considering that the UN is an organization in which third world countries have relatively more influence than first world ones (not talking about Security Council stuff). It's obvious that IP violations are rampant in those countries so that any international treaty which would force those countries to disconnect users based on rightsholders' complaints without court review could lead to great hardship for them.

OTOH, does the UN have any power whatsoever?

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