Cuba Recognizes the Right to Online Freedom of Expression at the UN

HAVANA TIMES — Cuba supported with reservations about the Human Rights Council UN resolution that first recognized the right of individuals to freedom of expression on the Internet, reports Reuters.

The representative of the island, Juan Antonio Quintanilla, said in Geneva on Thursday that the text doesn’t address the fact that most people worldwide lack access to these technologies.

The text doesn’t “say anything about Internet governance, we all know that this tool is controlled by a single country worldwide,” said the Cuban diplomat referring to the U.S.

The Cuban government maintains that it privileges “social use” of the Internet over private use, while maintaining tight control over access of their citizens and even limitations in state institutions for this service.


2 thoughts on “Cuba Recognizes the Right to Online Freedom of Expression at the UN

  • July 6, 2012 at 2:04 pm
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    1. “Juan Antonio Quintanilla, said in Geneva on Thursday that the text doesn’t address the fact that most people worldwide lack access to these technologies.”
    What was not said: “We purposely did not want our people to have access to the new internet cable connection with Venezuela.”
    2. The Cuban government maintains that it privileges “social use” of the Internet over private use.
    What was not said: “We do not trust our people with internet access which is why we will keep them on the intranet instead so we can control content.”
    3. Cuba supported with reservations the Human Rights Council UN resolution that recognized the right of individuals to freedom of expression on the Internet.
    What was not said: “We said they can express themselves while they are on the internet, but we are determined not to let them on the internet, which is a different matter. Hence, no access equals no freedom of expression.”

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