Digital divides: Considerations on access to the internet as a human right in Rwanda

by Elizabeth Button
Consultancy Africa Intelligence (Pty) Ltd., 13 November 2013

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This paper exposes the dilemma of advocating for greater human rights coverage when no such provision is accounted for in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) or associated covenants and treaties. It provides discussion on the meaning of human rights with regards to the internet and the Rwandan context, and calls on President Kagame to legally protect his citizens’ right to access the internet. Not only will this hold him accountable to the pledges his government has made, but it could also provide him the opportunity to be known as a human rights pioneer on a global level.

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