UNHRC34 Side Event: Head to Head or Hand in Hand? Privacy and Freedom of Expression

A side event at the 34th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC)

7th March 2017; 11am – 1pm

Room XXIV, Palais des Nations

ARTICLE 19, together with the Privacy in the Digital Age Core Group: Brazil, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland, invite you to a side event to discuss the relationship between the right to freedom of expression and the right to privacy – how they are mutually reinforcing, and how conflicts between them can be reconciled.

Digital technologies have facilitated huge advances for expression and access to information, while also exponentially increasing the creation of private data. This has enabled violations of both the rights to privacy and freedom of expression on a scale not previously imaginable. The standards set at the HRC on how these rights should be interpreted will have tangible impacts globally. During the 34th Session a resolution on the Right to Privacy in the Digital Age will be considered, addressing several of these issues.

During the event, ARTICLE 19 will introduce its new standard setting document: “Principles on Privacy and Freedom of Expression”, which intend to advance normative understandings of how privacy and freedom of expression interact.

Join us to discuss:

  • Is privacy a pre-condition for free expression, and what is the impact of surveillance?
  • How can conflicts between freedom of expression and privacy be reconciled?
  • What is the role of the private sector to respect freedom of expression and privacy online?


H.E. Amb Maria Nazareth Farani Azevêdo, PR of Brazil to the UN in Geneva

H.E. Amb Antje Leendertse, PR of Germany to the UN in Geneva


David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression (video message)

Joseph Cannataci, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy

Anita Koncsik, Hungarian Civil Liberties Union

Gayatri Khandadhai, Association for Progressive Communications

Tomaso Falchetta, Privacy International

 Moderator:    Barbora Bukovska, Senior Director of Law and Policy, ARTICLE 19

If you do not have UN accreditation to access the Palais des Nations, please email lucy@article19.org at least 72 hours in advance of the event to be added to the guest list.