Model Training Materials - Overview of Freedom
20 December 2022
Other treaties, such as the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, directly or indirectly protect the right to freedom of expression for 2 There were 173 States Parties as of end July 2022. [...] The third part of the test asks whether the restriction is necessary to protect the interest identified in the second part of the test. [...] Commenting on the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Special Rapporteur for freedom of expression noted: Given the importance of information and freedom of expression to the development of opinion and to the efforts to address the public health crisis, States should also avoid any derogation from their obligations under article 19 of the Covenant. [...] The core reason for this was the “total discretion and finality of the decision” of the registration board, which “invites censorship” and endangers the right of the public to receive information. [...] 22 Model Training Materials: Overview of Freedom of Expression under International Law Discussion Questions • Why does freedom of expression protect the right to seek and receive information as well as the right to speak? What are the implications of protecting the former? What responsibilities does this aspect of the right impose on States? • Do you understand the main components of the three-par.