Millions of People in the Poorest Countries are Still Excluded from the Right to Communicate, Increasingly Seen as a Fundamental Human Right.
On May 17, 2003, UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan highlighted one of the most complicated issues in the modern world. His words can be seen in the title of this paper. Since then, a heated debate around the issue of the Right to communicate violation in a number of poor lands is being observed.
After May 17, 2003, numerous efforts that were made by human rights activists led to narrowing the gap between developed countries and the poorest countries in the area of guarantying basic human rights including the right to communicate. Poor people have acquired more opportunities to express their thoughts publicly. As a result, they also receive an opportunity to improve their life situation as the world community learns more about the real state of affairs in their countries and makes more efforts to help (Deneulin & Shahani 2011; Jones 2005).
The progress in the area of guarantying the right to communicate in poor countries is definitely the reason to continue the good work putting more efforts into solving the problem completely. It is high time to help humanity dwell safely being guided by exalted principles of equality and freedom.
Despite a number of reasons for being satisfied with the progress in the area of guarantying the right to communicate in poor countries, there still exist reasons to be concerned. For example, human rights activists identified serious problems in the area of freedom of communication in 33 poor countries (Langely 2010).
As a final point, the importance of urgently implemented measures both legislative and practical in the area of freedom to communicate can be hardly underestimated.
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Jones, G 2005, Multinationals and Globalism: From the Nineteenth to the Twenty-First Century, Oxford University Press, New York.
Langely, W 2010, Encyclopedia of Human Rights Issues since 1945, Greenwood Press, Westport, CT.