10.22.2008

The Right to Online Freedom

Internet now is an essential source for information, and indispensable means for communication.

It is well known that there is increasing international wave of people who indispensably depend on Internet with their affairs.

The story goes, few days ago, when I was surfing the net and I found out that our internet censorship geniuses have developed the blocking technology. So, my unblocking technology is not working anymore, and I have to use another technology (cgi proxy) which encrypt the address of the blocked page.

With hundreds of blocked websites range from news sites to cultural, political and even academic sites in addition to blogs, you have no choice but to unblock them.

This is the case of many countries but, in particular, this is the case of the Middle East region ― most of its countries.

It is really funny and ridiculous that regimes and governments armed to their teeth in front of armless peoples are fearful of information and clearly and publicly fear the word.

Is the word stronger than the weapon? Maybe who hides behind the weapon is always a coward one.

Let's leave this point to a future piece. For now, my point is that Internet as an international means, in its essence, should be internationally guaranteed and protected. The states should not be able to serve as barriers to the free flow of information online, especially for political or traditional motives serving imposed authoritarian or totalitarian system somewhere.

The United Nations is asked to formally internationalize the World Wide Web by means of the international law. So, we can publicly mark censorship regimes and governments ― which are non-democratic by their very nature ― with illegitimacy as violators of international norms and rights.

Furthermore, international organizations defending online freedom should include a practical side in their activities as providing and promoting unblocking technology to users in censorship countries.

Finally, there should be an international concerted campaign championing online freedom organized by organizations like Reporters Without Borders, which fighting online censorship.

The right to online freedom is an important part of human rights, and it is time for international acknowledgment of this truth.




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10.11.2008

Special Tribunal for Lebanon Recruiting and Bellemare Ready in December

Some good news on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon has been coming that it has begun recruiting announcing many vacancies on its official website.

The vacancies are:

- Chief of Information Technology Support Section
- Senior Computer Systems Technician
- Senior Desktop Services Technician
- Chief, Security and Safety Section
- Chief of Investigations
- Senior Investigator
- Strategic Analyst/Coordinator
- Senior Investigator (Head of Evidence and Information Management)
- Senior Legal Officer
- Supervisor, Staff Administration Unit
- Chief, Public Affairs and Outreach Section
- Human Source Coordinator
- Head, Beirut Office
- Chief of Prosecution
- Senior Trial Counsel
- Deputy Chief, Security and Safety Section
- Detention Officer x 3
- Senior Political Affairs Officer
- Press Officer
- Chief of Procurement
- Security Officer
- Finance Assistant
- Administrative Assistant
- Facilities Management Technician
- Facilities Management Assistant

For more information see STFL's official site.

Another report has good news from the UN investigation committee that the prosecution would be ready in early December after the committee has reportedly pinned down suspects with direct involvement in the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

I guess it would be a turning moment for the Middle East.

Here is the news article:


Bellemare Pins Down Suspects with Direct Involvement in Hariri's Killing

Naharnet
08 Oct 2008

Chief U.N. investigator Daniel Bellemare has reportedly pinned down suspects with direct involvement in the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
The daily As Safir, citing a U.N. source, said Wednesday that Bellemare would not disclose the names of the suspects.

The source said Bellemare is likely to announce in early December the completion of a major part of the probe and his readiness to take over as prosecutor general for the international tribunal to try suspects in the Hariri killing.

As Safir said Bellemare is also likely to announce before the U.N. Security Council in December the names of 120 suspects.

"But those 120 suspects are not accused of involvement in Hariri's assassination," the source said, adding that the international tribunal would interrogate them under oath.

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Related materials on Special Tribunal for Lebanon:

- Registrar of Special Tribunal for Lebanon Begins Duty

- Special Tribunal for Lebanon Is Ready ― UN Report

- Statute of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon

- Registrar of Special Tribunal for Lebanon Is Appointed, Tribunal Is Ready

- 'Management Committee' of Special Tribunal for Lebanon Is Set Up

- Special Tribunal for Lebanon Gets Base, Judges

- The International Tribunal for Lebanon (Resolution 1757)

- UN Report on the Establishment of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon

- Ninth report of Hariri International Investigation Commission

- Memo for International Tribunal for Lebanon

- Special Tribunal for Lebanon Comes Into Force


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