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Recognise access to the internet as a human right

Submitted on Thursday 4th August 2011

Rejected on Wednesday 21st June 2017

Current status: Rejected

Rejection code: duplicate (see below for details)

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Recognise access to the internet as a human right

Additional Information

Human rights are basic rights and freedoms that all people are entitled to regardless of status.

In today's society, the internet is fundamental to many aspects of life. A person whose access to the internet is restricted or denied would see them significantly disadvantaged in life.

Blocking websites or banning a person from using the internet should never be used as a solution to a problem. To do so would go against a person's right to freedom of speech and freedom of expression. Additionaly, to do so would pose a grave risk to the future direction of the rights of British citizens. It also represents the gradual imposition of state censorship on the general population.

The government needs to enshrine in law the right for people in Britain to access the internet without hindrance. The government needs to ensure that private interests, and the government itself, are unable to undermine a person's freedom to use the internet.

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This petition was rejected

The Government e-Petitions Team gave the following reason:

There's already a petition about this issue. We cannot accept a new petition when we already have one about a very similar issue.

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