The UN Special Rapporteur, Irene Khan, is convening the side event “Freedom of Opinion and Expression and Academic Freedom” to the United Nations’ General Assembly, to discuss the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, as outlined in this recent UN report. Irene will be joined by the Government of Finland, Mexico and Qatar, Scholars at Risk and the Open Society Foundations’ Education Program.
The panel will discuss report’s findings and recommendations; how to ensure the protection and realization of the right to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, as an integral part of the freedom of expression; the critical importance of academic communities and institutions to contribute to free, prosperous societies and human progress around the globe.
From ESU, we encourage our member student unions to join the discussion and we are pleased to see the following elements in the UN report:
Find out more information about the event on this document.