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Right to Freedom of Expression and Information

Every child has the right to freedom of expression - online and offline. This right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of the child's choice. (UN-CRC Art.13)

Digitisation yields countless new possibilities for people to acquire information and to make one’s opinion known to a wide range of other people. For children to not be exposed to unreasonable risks, while retaining their right to unrestricted freedom of expression and information, the digital environment must provide mechanisms of protection that take into account children’s age and abilities.


Focus

  • 06.05.19

    Children's demands to Internet politicians

    Stiftung Digitale Chancen, Stiftung Digitale Chancen

    Children have rights - offline and online. Could children’s right to vote contribute to the execution of their rights? What role does the Internet play in this regard? Within the framework of the re:publica, young people discussed these issues on the main stage of the Netzfest last week.

  • 14.03.19

    Spotlight on Digital Spaces: towards a Comprehensive Understanding of Children's Rights

    Stiftung Digitale Chancen

    The Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in November 1989. It was visionary and at the same time comprehensible, binding on the signatory states and thus influential, and it is still of great importance today. Thirty years later, for a comprehensive understanding of how the rights of children codified in the Convention are to be interpreted and implemented in view of the impact of digitisation on their everyday lives, a so-called General Comment is now being drafted for the first time.

  • 07.02.19

    Message from the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group Chair

    IGF Internet Governance Forum, IGF Internet Governance Forum

    The first face-to-face Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Open Consultation and MAG Meeting of 2019 ?has just concluded in Geneva. The community and the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (IGF-MAG) ?reviewed activities across the IGF ecosystem and began advancing plans for IGF 2019 and ?associated intersessional activities.?

  • 18.11.18

    Clear Goals and ethical Values - Common Responsibilities for the Internet of the Future

    Jutta Croll

    The Internet Governance Forum 2018 in Paris ended last week with a clear appeal by the French Government to face up to the challenges and assume joint responsibility for the Internet.

Scientific studies

Official documents

  • Guidelines to respect, protect and fulfil the rights of the child in the digital environment

    Council of Europe, Europarat

    The guidelines to respect, protect and fulfil the rights of the child in the digital environment were adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 4 July 2018. The purpose of the guidelines is to assist states and other relevant stakeholders in their efforts to adopt a comprehensive, strategic approach in building and containing the often complex world of the digital environment.

  • UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN-CRC) - full text

    UN-Committee on the Rights of the Child, Vereinte Nationen

    Adopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession by General Assembly resolution 44/25 of 20 November 1989, entry into force 2 September 1990, in accordance with article 49

  • Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers on the rights of the child in the digital environment

    Council of Europe, Europarat

    How to better respect, protect and fulfil the rights of the child in the digital environment is at the core of the new Recommendation adopted today by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. Building on international and European legal instruments, the text provides comprehensive guidelines for action by European governments. The digital environment shapes children’s lives in many ways, creating opportunities and risks to their well-being and enjoyment of human rights. Governments are recommended to review their legislation, policies and practices to ensure that these adequately address the full range of the rights of the child. States should also ensure that business enterprises and other key partners meet their human rights responsibilities and are held accountable in case of abuses.

  • May 1996

    European Social Charter (revised)

    Covention No. 163; Strasbourg
    Council of Europe, Europarat

    The European Social Charter (revised) of 1996 embodies in one instrument all rights guaranteed by the Charter of 1961, its additional Protocol of 1988 (ETS No. 128) and adds new rights and amendments adopted by the Parties. It is gradually replacing the initial 1961 treaty.