Credit: European Court of Human Rights

European Court to decide if pornography is a “human right”

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has agreed to entertain a complaint by a double murderer currently serving life in prison, who claims that his “human rights” were violated when prison authorities confiscated his pornography.

According to the European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ), the prisoner is alleging that his privacy and right to free expression are being infringed upon by being deprived of x-rated media.

The ECHR will now decide whether or not pornography can be considered a human right for prisoners and if they can be legally deprived of the content.

The conservative ECLJ has submitted arguments opposing the idea, arguing that pornography and sexual violence are intrinsically linked.

“An analysis of the 50 most popular pornographic videos revealed that 88% of the scenes contain physical violence, 49% contain at least one verbal aggression; 87% of the aggressive acts perpetrated are against women, and in 95% of the cases, their responses are either neutral or expressions of pleasure,” the ECLJ submission said.

“These hormonal stimuli and examples of violent behaviour are what will lead to a significant proportion of users to decrease empathy for victims of violence and increase aggressive and dominating behaviours. This consequence must be particularly taken into account for a prisoner in a prison environment.”

The decision comes at a time when the pornography industry is under huge pressure and scrutiny due to repeated controversy and scandal. X-rated Canadian giant PornHub was recently forced to remove millions of videos – the majority of its content – after an investigation discovered a shocking amount of videos featuring child abuse and sex trafficking victims being hosted and profited from on the site.

It has been alleged that PornHub took little to no action to prevent or remove such abusive content for years.

Thailand made headlines last November by banning pornography websites altogether nationwide, which caused protests and backlash from some locals using the hashtag “#SavePornHub”.

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