African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms

The development of the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms is a Pan-African initiative to promote human rights standards and principles of openness in internet policy formulation and implementation on the continent. The Declaration is intended to elaborate on the principles which are necessary to uphold human and people’s rights on the internet, and to cultivate an internet environment that can best meet Africa’s social and economic development needs and goals.

The Declaration builds on well-established African human rights documents including the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights of 1981, the Windhoek Declaration on Promoting an Independent and Pluralistic African Press of 1991, the African Charter on Broadcasting of 2001, the Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression in Africa of 2002, and the African Platform on Access to Information Declaration of 2011.

The African Declaration recognizes continent specific elements such as Africa’s linguistic and cultural diversity with a call for the protection, respect and promotion of African languages on the internet.

ORGANIZING 4 ZIMBABWE calls for broad multi stakeholder endorsement of the Declaration noting that the internet is not the preserve of the technology sector. It also calls upon African governments to initiate public consultations towards mutli-stakeholder driven policies and practices related to internet governance in their countries.

To this end, Organizing 4 Zimbabwe is working with other like-minded institutions on the continent and beyond in encouraging fellow Africans to endorse the Declaration, as we believe this is key to the wholesome development of African nations and its peoples.

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