European Respect for International Law
Posted by aogWednesday, 13 November 2002 at 19:47 TrackBack Ping URL

Let's consider two laws. One is the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to which all members of the European Union are members. We can see article 19,

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
That would seem to require free speech on the internet. I also didn't notice any content based restrictions (that was the entire text of Article 19). In the other corner we have the Additional Protocol to the Convention on Cybercrime from the Council of Europe,
Protocol requires States to criminalise the dissemination of racist and xenophobic material through computer systems, as well as racist and xenophobic-motivated threat and insult including the denial, gross minimisation, approval or justification of genocide or crimes against humanity, particularly those that occurred during the period 1940-45.
Looks like someone is blowing off treaty obligations when convenient. We'll see if anyone except bloggers holds the Council of Europe to account for this.

For a direct take down of the protocol itself, read this post. Link via The Edge of England's Sword.