What can the UN do if your country cuts the internet?

It has been almost a year since internet access was declared a human right, yet infringements continue.

Between January and March 2017, internet in two English-speaking regions of Cameroon was cut off for almost 100 days following protests over an attempt to force the use of French in schools and courtrooms. In late April, the government blocked social media in India-administered Kashmir on the grounds that it was “being misused by anti-national and antisocial elements”.

These cases came just months after Freedom House, the US-based freedom of expression watchdog, said that internet freedom across the globe had declined for a sixth consecutive year.

The organisation said governments are specifically targeting messaging applications like WhatsApp and Telegram in a bid to control the flow of information.

In a resolution passed in July 2016, the UN Human Rights Council described the internet as having “great potential to accelerate human progress”. It also condemned “measures to intentionally prevent or disrupt access to or dissemination of information online”.

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