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Recommendation on a guide to human rights for Internet users

Adopted on: 16 April 2014
Reference number: CM/Rec(2014)6 Adopted by: Committee of Ministers
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This recommendation introduces the Guide to human rights for Internet users that is appended to the document, it calls on the member states to promote and disseminate it among authorities and citizens to ensure that human rights and fundamental freedoms apply equally offline and online. The guide is based on the European Convention on Human Rights and other Council of Europe conventions and instruments that deal with various aspects of human rights protection. One part of the Guide refers to freedom of assembly and association as well as to participation, recalling that every person has the right to peacefully assemble and associate with others using the Internet, which includes: freedom to choose the website, application and service in order to form, mobilise and participate in social groups and assemblies whether or not they are formally recognised by the authorities. It states that everyone has the right to protest peacefully online and has the freedom to use available online tools to participate in local, national and global public policy debates, legislative initiatives and public scrutiny of decision-making processes, including the right to sign petitions and to participate in policy making relating to how the Internet is governed. It also reminds Internet users that they have the right to effective remedy when their rights have been violated. The Guide is followed by an explanatory memorandum that explains in detail the aim of the Guide and its content.

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