The Special Rapporteur considers cutting off users from internet access, regardless of the justification provided, including on the grounds of violating intellectual property rights law, to be disproportionate and thus a violation of article 19, paragraph 3, of the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights.
In the new cyber age, where internet is used to access information and get in touch with relatives and friends, the UN committee also says that denied of the right by the state should bo contested in national human right bodies.
The UN special rapporteur also said the goverments should incorporate specific clauses in Information Technology laws to ensure that in no circumstance a persons right to internet is denied. The Special Rapporteur also called upon all states to ensure that Internet access is maintained at all times, including during times of political unrest.
The new report comes at the time of growing frequency and sophistication of internet filtering by governments. China has been accused of blocking internet access to Google and France and United Kingdom bringing laws allowing agencies to deny cyber access to copyright violators.