Victor Pușcaș: The right to the Internet should be written in the Constitution of Moldova

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The right to access the Internet, no doubt, should be recognized as one of the fundamental human rights, and it should be written in the Constitution of the Republic of Moldova, said the former President of the Constitutional Court, one of the authors of the Constitution, Victor Pușcaș.

Speaking at the first Moldova Internet Governance Forum, he stated that some countries have already improved their legal systems on this issue – both laws and regulations and also national constitutions. There is an urgent need to improve the Constitution of the Republic of Moldova, adopted on July 29, 1994, says Victor Pușcaș.

The ex-President of the Constitutional Court proposes in the second section of the Constitution – “Fundamental rights, freedoms and obligations” to introduce a separate article “The right to the Internet”, in which to recognize it as one of the fundamental human rights, indicating the conditions for the implementation of this right. In addition, according to him, it is possible to make additions to certain articles of the Constitution, in particular, in article 30 – “Secrecy of correspondence”, and in part (4) of Art. 34 – “Right to Information”.

“The constitutional provision of access to Internet resources is one of the fundamental human rights, and it is the realization of the right to access to the Internet will ensure the corresponding further observance of other constitutional rights and freedoms of citizens of the Republic of Moldova,” concluded Victor Pușcaș.

National Coordinator of the Moldova Internet Governance Forum, Chairman of the “Comunitatea Internet” Association Alexei Marciuc noted that securing the right to access to the Internet as an independent right is necessary, since Internet access is a prerequisite for the realization of other constitutional rights and freedoms of citizens.

“By securing this right, the legislator assumes appropriate obligations to prevent such access, as well as, possibly, positive obligations to provide access to the Internet on a non-discriminatory basis to all citizens, including the poor and those living in rural areas,” accentuated Alexei Marciuc.

The first Moldova Internet Governance Forum (MIGF 2020) was held in Chisinau on November 23-24. Over the course of two days, experts from Moldova, Canada, the United States, Romania, Ukraine, Russia and other countries discussed various topics, including the increased dependence on the Internet during the pandemic, different forms of the digital divide, expanding access to the network and how digital technologies and Internet policies can help societies become more resilient.

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