Czechia behind UN resolution on human rights and digital technologies

The Third Committee of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday unanimously adopted a resolution on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of digital technologies. The resolution was initiated by the Czech Republic and submitted together with South Africa, the Maldives, Mexico and the Netherlands. This is the first UN resolution focusing comprehensively on human rights and new technologies. Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky welcomed the resolution’s approval noting that while technologies can contribute significantly to the promotion of human rights and freedoms they can also be abused to suppress or restrict them. He said that the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, both offline and online, is one of the priorities of Czech foreign policy.