Communication Rights and the Millennium Development Goals

By Philip Lee - 2009

The author argues that recognizing, implementing, and building on communication rights will create 'enabling environments' in which structural, political, economic, and cultural obstacles to improving the lives of people in different communities can be identified, analyzed, and action taken to overcome them. Such enabling environments depend upon access to information and communication and unobstructed maintenance of spaces for communal and public debate that are directly related to ways of tackling the problems and challenges of poverty and hunger, education, gender equality, child mortality, maternal health, combating disease, the environment, and building global partnerships. 

 In The Right to Communicate: Historical Hopes, Global Debates, and Future Promises. Dubuque: Kendall Hunt Publishers (2009) edited by Aliaa Dakroury, Mahmoud Eid and Yahya R. Kamalipour. PDF.


Communication rights enable all people everywhere to express themselves individually and collectively by all means of communication. They are vital to full participation in society and are, therefore, universal human rights belonging to every man, woman, and child.


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