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Human Rights Council – 35th Session

The UN Human Rights Council meets at least three times a year, and looks both at the status of human rights in individual countries (though Universal Periodic Reviews) and specific themes. IFLA will attend sessions focusing on freedom of expression and access to information. Read More

  • Events
  • 22 May 2017

Different Paths, Same Principles – Discussing Library Codes of Ethics

The work of libraries in providing access to knowledge is not a simple one. As well as much discussed constraints linked to levels of funding, staffing and copyright laws, librarians and library workers must also solve questions where fundamental rights and principles come into play. At recent events, FAIFE Chair Martyn Wade has shared IFLA's work on ethics and freedom of expression. Read More

  • News
  • 23 December 2016
  • By: anonymous

Unnecessary and Disproportionate: IFLA President Donna Scheeder Calls for End to Proceedings against Natalya Sharina

In October 2015, Natalya Sharina, Director of the Library of Ukrainian literature in Moscow, was arrested and charged on suspicion of inciting hatred or animosity towards a social group. The justification? Allegedly holding banned books in the library she ran. IFLA President Donna Scheeder has written once again to the judge and prosecutor, calling for the case to be brought to an end. Read More

  • News
  • 15 December 2016
  • By: anonymous

Liberty in the Library – FAIFE Network Launches

Libraries are increasingly places not just for reading, but also for creating and sharing. They are guardians of free access to information and free expression – two values which are inseparable from each other. Yet in the Internet Age, new possibilities may be compromised by a sense of insecurity and loss of privacy online. Libraries aim to find a way to overcome this apparent trade-off. The new FAIFE Network offers a forum for discussion on how to do this. Read More

  • News
  • 29 November 2016
  • By: anonymous

Libraries Key to Defending Freedom Online

The number of people connecting to and using the Internet is expanding rapidly, but so too are concerns about freedom online. The role of libraries in giving access to information, and the skills needed to know how to use it, is centuries old, but has a particular relevance today. The Freedom Online Conference, held on 17-19 October 2016 in San Jose, Costa Rica, provided an opportunity to underline the contribution libraries make to a free, trusted, and sustainable Internet. Read More

  • News
  • 21 November 2016
  • By: anonymous

IFLA FAIFE Releases Statement on the Continued House Arrest of Natalya Sharina

Natalya Sharina, Director of the Library of Ukrainian Literature in Moscow, has been under house arrest since October 2015. Recent media reports, suggesting that her detention will continue at least until 28 October only underline the disproportionate and unnecessary nature of the treatment she has received. IFLA's Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression has issued a statement. Read More

  • News
  • 01 September 2016
  • By: anonymous

IFLA FAIFE Statement on the Continued House Arrest of Natalya Sharina, as Moscow Prosecutor General’s Office Refuses to Sign Her Indictment

IFLA remains extremely concerned over the treatment of Natalya Sharina, Director of the Library of Ukrainian Literature in Moscow.  Natalya was arrested and placed under house arrest in October 2015 after being accused of inciting hatred or animosity towards a social group by allegedly holding banned books in the… Read More

  • Publications
  • 01 September 2016

Who’s in control? Privacy, the Internet and Libraries

Day by day issues of privacy and the internet are becoming more pressing for librarians as digital services in libraries continue to grow. The FAIFE open session at WLIC 2016, on Tueday 16 August at 9:30am, gives you a chance to hear more about what is going on, and what you can do about it. Read More

  • News
  • 09 August 2016
  • By: anonymous