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US government surveillance: Civil society calls on Human Rights Council

NEW YORK 10 June 2013 (AL for APCNews)

After recent revelations of surveillance of internet and telephone communications of US and non-US nationals by the government of the United States civil society calls on the Human Rights Council to act swiftly to prevent the creation of a global Internet based surveillance system.

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Macedonian government moves to limit online free speech and increase State control of the media

JOHANNESBURG 3 June 2013 (AG for APCNews)

Answer an urgent call for support for Metamorphosis Foundation in their efforts to fight for internet and human rights of Macedonia’s citizens.

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Event: State surveillance in the digital age: the implications for freedom of expression and the right to privacy

GENEVA 29 May 2013 (APCNews)

APC, together with Privacy International and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is hosting a side-event to the Human Rights Council on State surveillance and human rights on Tuesday, June 4.

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World Telecommunications/ICT Policy Forum: Civil society calls for an open and participatory internet policy making

NYC 10 May 2013 (AL for APCNews)

APC will participate in the upcoming World Telecommunication/ICT Policy Forum, taking place in Geneva from 14-16 May. APC endorses statements submitted by members of civil society involved in the process, and calls the International Telecommunications Union to consider them as a key input for the Forum. Read the documents.

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APC trains participants in internet rights policy at the Hivos workshop “IG in the MENA Region”

2 May 2013 (Mawaki Chango for APCNews)

At a workshop on internet governance in the MENA region, held from 16 to 19 March 2013 in Tunis, APC presented “IG and Policy: Anchoring and Safeguarding internet Openness in the Middle East and North Africa,” a workshop on civil society engagement in IG and public policy.

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UN member states must hold Azerbaijan to account for deteriorating human rights situation

GENEVA 30 April 2013 (ARTICLE 19)

The International Partnership Group on Azerbaijan, of which APC is a member organisation, urges the UN to hold Azerbaijan to account during its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) for its failure to protect basic human rights.

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'Human rights and the internet' multimedia training kit released

BERLIN 8 April 2013 (APC)

APC presents a Multimedia training kit on human rights and the internet, a set of modules concerned with the relationship between human rights, information and communications technologies (ICTs) and the internet. These modules can be used freely to help those who work on human rights and ICTs to understand how the internet is affecting the protection of rights.

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Internet Rights in Mexico and Nigeria: APC members, partners make recommendations in UPR processes

BOGOTA 20 March 2013 (Shawna Finnegan for APC)

In partnership with members and networks, APC is working to protect and promote human rights online, engaging governments and other relevant stakeholders through a variety of United Nations processes including participating in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

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On International Sex Worker Rights Day, sign our petition to the UN

MONTREAL 1 March 2013 (Mallory Knodel for APC)

This Sunday, 3 March 2012, is International Sex Worker Rights Day. As part of an ongoing campaign, APC’s projects Internet Rights are Human Rights and Take Back the Tech! are circulating a petition to protect sex workers’ rights that we will send to the UN this month. Sign it today!

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Red light to cybercrime law in the Philippines

11 February 2013 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

On February 5, 2013 the Philippines Supreme Court extended until further notice the temporary restraining order issued on the implementation of the controversial Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. This sets a milestone for organisations and individuals advocating for internet rights.

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New: Update on freedom of expression progress for 10 countries

The 2012 update on action steps for selected countries of GISWatch 2011 looks back at progress in freedom of expression and association for 10 countries: Jamaica, Rwanda, Lebanon, Romania, Indonesia, Cameroon, Argentina, Brazil, India and Nigeria.

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Azerbaijan: Prominent blogger, journalist and human rights defenders arrested

BAKU 30 January 2013 (Human Rights House)

Just months after the Internet Governance Forum, hundreds of people have demonstrated in Azerbaijan’s capital to express solidarity with recent protests in the central town of Ismayilli and denounce heavy police brutality. Some 40 participants were detained, including prominent blogger Emin Milli, investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova and human rights defenders.

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New paper from APC and the Internet Society connects internet protocols and human rights

BERLIN 13 December 2012 (Joy Liddicoat and Avri Doria for APC)

“Like Internet protocols, human rights standards attempt to articulate principles that will apply universally over time, as ideas and conditions evolve,” a new paper argues. Commissioned by the Association for Progressive Communications and the Internet Society, the issue paper released today compares the standards-making processes as well as the principles underlying human rights on the one hand and Internet protocols on the other.

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Open Letter: Civil society hampered in its ability to contribute to WCIT

DUBAI 11 December 2012 (Civil society)

In an Open Letter put out during the World Conference on International Telecommunications, civil society groups call on the the ITU’s Secretary General and the conference Chairman to address three immediate and pressing matters: the lack of any official standing to the public comments by civil society; the lack of access to and transparency of working groups, particularly the working groups of Committee 5 (the review committee); and the absence of mechanisms to encourage independent civil society participation.

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South African ISPs squeezed by newly proposed legislation

JOHANNESBURG 11 December 2012 (FD for APCNews)

South Africa is one of several countries that possesses a “notice and take down regime” for online content, meaning that internet service providers are obliged to take down content that is deemed controversial by a complainant. Understanding this regime as unconstitutional since its inception in 2002, an attorney in Johannesburg has embarked on crusade to change it.

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Online and offline sex worker rights are human rights

6 December 2012 (FD for APCNews)

APC’s Connect Your Rights campaign is teaming up with the global campaign Take Back The Tech – fighting violence against women – on its 12th day of action (from 16). We are offering three stories to make the case for urgent action on sex worker rights, online and offline. Read more and be sure to sign our petition.

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Uganda anti homosexuality bill boomeranging back on the web

KAMPALA 5 December 2012 (FD for APCNews)

Do you remember the culture jamming actions against official websites in Uganda last August? Anonymous activists managed to modify content on presidential and governmental websites in a way that showed the government as apologizing to the Ugandan LGBT community for repeated persecution of gays and lesbians. Just a few months later, Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill is there again and it could be passed into law imminently.

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Statement of the WHRD International Coalition on Women Human Rights Defenders Day

30 November 2012 (WHRD International Coalition)

On the occasion of November 29th, Women Human Rights Defenders Day, the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition stands in solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of women activists around the world who – with exemplary courage, determination, and strength, uphold women’s human rights, the rights of communities, and of the environment.

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Syria's internet shutdown violates international human rights law

30 November 2012 (APCNews)

At 10:26 UTC on November 29th, Syria’s international internet connectivity was shut down. APC strongly condemns this shut down, which threatens the safety and security of the Syrian people, and clearly violates international human rights law.

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Take Back the Tech! 16 days x 16 stories. Tell. Listen. Act

22 November 2012 (Take Back the Tech! for APCNews)

Take Back the Tech! From 25 Nov to 10 Dec, take part in the 16 days of activism and take control of technology to tell, listen and share transformative stories. Document, inspire, converse and collectively envision the end to violence against women.

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