They stressed that “digital rights” must be a top priority as countries rebuild civic space both during and after the crisis.
“Despite the instrumental role of the internet and digital technologies, which have provided new avenues for the exercise of public freedoms and access to health and related information and care in particular during the COVID-19 pandemic, States continue to leverage these technologies to muzzle dissent, surveil, and quash online and offline collective action and the tech companies have done too little to avert such abuse of human rights,” they said.
Address serious threats
The human rights experts were concerned that these patterns of abuse will continue after the pandemic, further worsening inequalities worldwide.
Their statement, issued ahead of next week’s RightsCon summit on human rights in the digital age, calls for collective action “to embrace the fast-pace expansion of digital…