"States should create an enabling legal framework for the right to peaceful assembly and association in the digital age, by: (…) (b) Repealing and amending any laws and policies that allow network disruptions and shutdowns, and refraining from adopting such laws and policies; (c) Revising and amending cybercrime, surveillance and antiterrorism laws and bringing them into compliance with international human rights norms and standards governing the right to privacy, the right to freedom of opinion and expression, the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and the right to freedom of association."
DocumentUNHRC: Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association, para. 73.b-c
- Freedom of assembly may be restricted under certain circumstances as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society.
- The right to freedom of expression applies to all forms of media, including the internet.
- Internet freedom, including access to online resources and digital tools, should be protected as essential to the exercise of human rights online, with any restrictions based in law, proportionate, and necessary in a democratic society.