Global Freedom of Expression


2017 Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression

The Special Rapporteur’s June 2017 Report to the Human Rights Council – Freedex

In his latest report, the Special Rapporteur examines the duty of States to refrain from excessive censorship and surveillance, and to protect and promote a free, open, and secure Internet. He also evaluates the role of digital access providers – not just telecommunications companies and Internet service providers, which have become synonymous with digital access, but also non-consumer facing actors like network equipment vendors, content delivery networks, and Internet exchange points. Drawing on the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and best practices in the field, the Special Rapporteur proposes concrete steps that digital access providers should take to safeguard the freedom of expression of Internet users worldwide.



David Kaye

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression
Clinical Professor of Law, UC Irvine School of Law