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CSW58: Conclusions point to digital gender gap as impediment to exercise of human rights

PERGAMINO 25 March 2014 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

The APC Women’s Rights Programme was present at the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, which took place in New York on 10-21 March 2014. This year’s priority theme was “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls”. Women’s and girls’ access to and participation in education, training, science and technology, and the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work, were also on the meeting agenda.

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Turkey violates human rights by banning Twitter

NEW YORK 21 March 2014 (APCNews)

APC expresses concern over the Turkish government’s decision to block access to Twitter in the country. We are particularly concerned in the light of Turkey being the host country of the 2014 Internet Governance Forum, a space that strives for a democratic and inclusive internet.

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NGOs disappointed by weak promises on human rights in Malaysia

GENEVA 20 March 2014 (COMANGO)

The UN Human Rights Council officially adopted the outcome report on Malaysia’s second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) today. “It is disappointing that while Malaysia received the most recommendations regarding the abolition of the death penalty, all such recommendations were rejected,” said a coalition of Malaysian NGOs in a statement supported by APC.

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2014 ASEAN Civil Society Conference to address freedom of expression and women's human rights online

PERGAMINO 20 March 2014 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

The ASEA People’s Forum is holding its first ICTs related workshop co-organised by APC, EROTICS Indonesia, Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau, Inc, Myanmar ICT Development organization, and the Foundation for Media Alternatives. It will take place on 22 March in Myanmar, and will address issues such as freedom of expression, privacy, and women’s human rights in evolving digital information societies.

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Online freedoms absent and sexual rights rejected in Nigeria's Universal Periodic Review

ABUJA 20 March 2014 (Maureen Nwobodo and Shawna Finnegan for APCNews)

Civil society groups spoke out today at the Human Rights Council 25th session in Geneva as Nigeria rejects recommendations to ensure the universality of human rights as part of its Universal Periodic Review.

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Leading up to the Beijing Review: Strategising for Section J

NEW YORK 19 March 2014 (Isis International)

A strategising meeting for Beijing Platform for Action Section J was held on 13 March during this year’s CSW 58. The meeting was attended by representatives of APC, Isis International, Women and Media Collective, and Search for Common Ground, to plan for Beijing+20, emphasising Section J concerns, particularly the use of all media and ICTs to be seen as an issue that cuts across all the 12 critical areas of concern in the Beijing Platform.

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LAC countries submit position letter on CSW58 agreed conclusions

PERGAMINO 19 March 2014 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

The position of Latin American and Caribbean countries on the CSW58 agreed conclusions emphasises the inseparable link that exists between human rights and development. The signing organisations, which include APC, also express concern over the non-incorporation of the human rights of women in the agreed conclusions and the elimination of references to sexual and reproductive rights.

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CSW58: Jan Moolman from APC explains centrality of media and ICTs in conversations about development

NEW YORK 17 March 2014 (Gender Links for APCNews)

As part of an NGO parallel event at CSW58, hosted by the Southern Africa Gender Protocol Alliance and Gender Links, Jan Moolman, Women’s Rights Programme project coordinator from APC, explains how important information and communication technologies and the media are in advancing gender equality and protecting women’s rights.

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APC welcomes NTIA announcement on transition of key internet domain name functions

JOHANNESBURG 15 March 2014 (APCNews)

APC welcomes the announcement made by the United States Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of its ‘intent to transition key internet domain name functions to the global multi-stakeholder community.’

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Join the People Links digital gathering to discuss technology-related violence against women

NEW YORK 14 March 2014 (AL for People Link)

Join us on Thursday 27 March to discuss technology-related violence against women and the tensions that exist between combating hate speech versus the right to freedom of expression with Erika Smith from APC’s Women’s Rights Programme.

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APC member FMA continues to fight for internet freedom despite passage of "Cyber Martial Law"

QUEZON CITY 11 March 2014 (Foundation for Media Alternatives for APCNews)

The Foundation for Media Alternatives is dismayed by the Philippine Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the constitutionality of the majority of provisions in a cyber crime law that the organisation views as oppressive, susceptible to abuse, and against the fundamental liberties guaranteed by the constitution.

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Our Right to Safety: Publication addresses women human rights defenders’ approach to protection

NEW YORK 11 March 2014 (Inmaculada Barcia for AWID)

AWID, in collaboration with members of the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition, has developed this publication in an effort to assess the various mechanisms developed to provide protection to WHRDs at risk, including initiatives developed by national governments and regional and international human rights bodies. The publication includes a specific section addressing digital security and freedom of expression issues.

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APC submits proposals for NetMundial

JOHANNESBURG 10 March 2014 (APCNews)

NetMundial, also known as the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance, will take place on 23-24 April 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Read more about our priorities and proposals.

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APC launches new website for internet and sexual rights activists

PERGAMINO 7 March 2014 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

In the second phase of the groundbreaking EROTICS project, an exploratory research project into sexuality and the internet, the Association for Progressive Communications and partners from India, Brazil and Indonesia, have launched a new website (http://erotics.apc.org) to reflect the project’s background, share knowledge and feature updates on the initiative.

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Statement from detained Egyptian blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah

6 March 2014 (Access)

This week Access kicked off the third installation of the RightsCon conference series in San Francisco, with more than 600 people from 375 organizations and companies in attendance, representing 50 countries. One person who was not here is Alaa Abd El Fattah of Egypt. Today, he is in prison again, without justice or cause. His family shared the following statement.

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Rural women journalists and ICTs

6 March 2014 (Rohini Lakshané and Zulfiya Hamzaki for EROTICS India)

Rural women trying to access ICTs in developing countries often face the double whammy of the digital divide and the constraints and restrictions imposed upon their gender. One of the solutions identified for bridging the digital divide for rural women has been consistent training and access to technology so that they can put the lessons from training into practice.

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Speeding up digital migration in Uganda without leaving citizens behind

NEW YORK 3 March 2014 (AL for APCNews)

What are the main obstacles to digital migration in Uganda? How will this technical process affect citizens and what are their main concerns? APCNews talked to Moses Owiny, from our member WOUGNET, about the challenges and opportunities the country is currently facing.

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Briefing note: Human Rights Council 25th session

GENEVA 28 February 2014 (DB, JL and SF for APC and Access)

The 25th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) will take place in Geneva from March 3rd to 28th. Information on the internet-related human rights issues that will be addressed there are provided by APC and Access in this briefing note.

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APC brings debate on sexual rights, online hate speech and violence against women to RightsCon

PERGAMINO 27 February 2014 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

APC staff members and partners will be attending the third RightsCon, organised by Access, to be held in California on 3-5 March. APC will sponsor a lightning talk on sexual rights and online hate speech and the roundtable session “Ending violence against women online: Everyone’s responsibility and no one’s liability?.” Click to download the programme in PDF format .

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Follow-up to Beijing: APC Women's Rights Programme at CSW58

NEW YORK 26 February 2014 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

The APC Women’s Rights Programme will be present at the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, which will take place in New York on 10-21 March 2014. This year’s priority theme is “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls”. Women’s and girls’ access to and participation in education, training, science and technology, and the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work, will also be on the agenda.

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