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What are the solutions presented in UNHRC? Here’s what we know so far


14 August 2021, 2:52PM

The conference today in the United Nation Human Rights Council has progressed significantly as the delegations finally reached several common grounds and contributed solutions to the council. There are two blocs in the council as both have different approaches in resolving the current issue regarding the freedom of speech.

Earlier into the discussion, the delegate of Myanmar seems to dominate the council by expressing the need to have categorization in regulating the freedom of speech on social media. There are 4 categories which consist of regulations in internal conflicted countries, liberal countries, countries in need, and lastly NGO. The proposal was laid down in bloc one which was led by the delegate of Myanmar.

The opposing bloc however, had a different approach. This bloc pushes for standardization of the regulation towards the media company globally. The delegate of Germany has expressed this clearly in her speech during the Moderated Caucus. This bloc divided 2 actors, international and domestic bodies in standardizing the regulation to control the use of social media.

During the moderated caucus, the delegate of Angola has reaffirmed his solution which is to educate the social media users and the burden of minimizing the problem was placed on the media companies. He claimed that hate speech, discrimination, and other human rights violation has been happening inside the social media.

Hence, the media company needs to review their users’ actions to eliminate those who have threatened others’ human rights.

The delegate of Russian Federation has opened consultation of the whole consequently from the increased clashing views between two blocs to discuss legal repercussions to individuals and social media companies. He was of the opinion similar to the delegate of Angola as there’s a need to legally sanction the media company.

The Delegate of France opposed the view of Germany in monitoring the social media providers as this will lead to abuse of power by the government. He proposed an independent agency to handle such competence and urged fellow allies in the bloc to discuss the possibility of a Treaty to regulate this matter.

“We need to take a look at the previous regulations or declarations. Then, we can find out what are the loopholes from it and proceed to redevelop new solutions” said the delegate of Denmark. He reaffirmed this at the press conference.

Throughout the whole council, it seems that the majority agree that regulations and legal repercussions need to be imposed towards individuals and media companies. A few have suggested existing bodies need to revise their regulatory framework.

The delegates have yet to draft a resolution. But looking at the progress and the direction of the council today, it is expected that common grounds will be reached by the end of this council.

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