UN Human Rights Council adopts resolution on freedom of expression online

Today, the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, adopted, with consensus, a resolution on freedom of expression online. The resolution states that people must...

Today, the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, adopted, with consensus, a resolution on freedom of expression online. The resolution states that people must have the same rights online as offline. In particular freedom of expression, which is applicable regardless of frontiers and through any chosen media. The resolution also calls upon all countries to promote and facilitate access to the Internet, both to infrastructure and content.

Following TeliaSonera’s Annual General Meeting this Spring, the company Board decided to amend TeliaSonera’s Code of Ethics and Conduct to make more explicit its view on freedom of expression. Consequently, it was decided to include the following text in chapter 2.5:

“TeliaSonera acknowledges the concerns following legislative, administrative, license or law enforcement requirements to which we must adhere but which may impact individual’s privacy and freedom of expression. Our aim is to enable citizens to exchange ideas and provide tools for the development of more open societies. Freedom of expression and privacy are the core of our business.”

The new version of our Code was made available, in multiple languages, earlier this week.

TeliaSonera welcomes today’s resolution from the Human Rights Council supporting our vision to create a world with better opportunities.

The Human Rights Council resolution