Darjeeling terms Internet Shutdown as human rights violation based on a UN resolution
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 20-Jun-2017

Darjeeling, June 20: Darjeeling unrest has been troubling everyone in the Hill area and near vicinities since a week. The Gorkha land issue has totally devastated the stable situation there. Police and GJM supporters’ clashes are now commonplace incidents. Amidst such violence, the Bengal Government instructed to shut down the internet in the area for days. Since Sunday there is no internet connection. Regarding this situation, the local people have questioned the violation of human right by the government over a UN speech.

Last year, the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a non-binding resolution condemning countries that intentionally disrupt citizens' internet access. Citing some contemporary incidents, UN decided to amend the laws regarding this. Around the world, there were 15 Internet Shutdown cases in 2015 and 20 in 2016.

"From impunity for the killings of bloggers to laws criminalizing legitimate dissent on social media, basic human rights principles are being disregarded to impose greater controls over the information we see and share online." Thomas Hughes, the executive director of Article 19, a charity that defends freedom of expression, said.

Though the resolution was not legally implementable everywhere it put pressure on governments to protect freedom of expression, Now civilians from Darjeeling have questioned Bengal’s decision on humanitarian ground.  Whereas this is human right violation act according to UN, then how it can be done to them- they question. Till now no answer from the administration has come.