The overall aim of this handbook is to help parliamentarians better understand international standards on freedom of expression. There are two main thrusts. One is to help ensure that they can promote these standards in their work, in particular through their legislative activities. The second is to help ensure that they can themselves enjoy to the full the extensive freedom of expression rights that they enjoy in most countries. Both should help to improve democracy, and overall respect not only for freedom of expression but also for all other rights.