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WHRDIC urges Chinese authorities to release five young feminists

10 April 2015 (WHRDIC for APCNews)

The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRDIC) calls on Wang Xiaohong, the Director of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau, Chairman Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang to immediately and unconditionally ensure the release the five young women human rights defenders who were criminally detained in China after they planned events to protest sexual harassment on International Women’s Day.

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EMPOWER: Malaysia's Sedition Act amendments a betrayal of democratic process

KUALA LUMPUR 10 April 2015 (Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER))

Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) is outraged and disappointed by the manner in which amendments to the Sedition Act 1948 and the Prevention of Terrorism Act were rushed through Parliament.

Who should be the new UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy? Here are our criteria

9 April 2015 (APC for APCNews)

APC, together with Privacy International, Access, the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, ARTICLE 19, Electronic Frontier Foundation and the International Commission of Jurists, have developed a checklist with qualifications we believe that candidates for the new position of UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy should possess.

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Empowering local actors in their defence of human rights on the internet

SAO PAULO 6 April 2015 (Cristiana González for APCNews)

From the Marco Civil in Brazil to NETmundial and Web We Want, numerous initiatives have emerged to respond to threats to freedom of expression, privacy, access and other basic rights on the internet. To support local initiatives, APC has launched the Local Actions to Secure Internet Rights project.

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Statement: Stop defamation against the women human rights defenders of CEDEHM in Mexico

1 April 2015 (WHRDIC for APCNews)

As a member of the Women Human Rights Defender International Coalition (WHRDIC), APC has signed this statement expressing serious concerns about the situation of women human rights defenders Luz Estela Castro, Director of the Women’s Human Rights Center (CEDEHM) and Irma Villanueva, Director of the Legal Department of CEDEHM in Chihuahua, México.

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APC welcomes decision to appoint Special Rapporteur on Privacy

26 March 2015 (APC for APCNews)

After sustained pressure from civil society organisations, and under the leadership of the governments of Brazil and Germany, the UN Human Rights Council established a new Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, on 26 March 2015.

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Call on the government of South Africa to support the creation of a UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy

26 March 2015 (APC for APCNews)

This week the UN Human Rights Council is expected to consider establishing a Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy. The South African government has a unique opportunity to support this initiative and ensure that the right to privacy is accorded the international recognition and protection it deserves.

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Call for tenders: Mid-term review of the outcomes of APC's implementation of 2013-2016 Strategic Plan

25 March 2015 (Karen Banks for APC)

APC is looking for evaluation consultants to develop an evaluation proposal and conduct a high quality and comprehensive mid-term evaluation of the outcomes of APC’s implementation of its 2013-2016 strategic plan.

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New publication: Building access to justice, health care and social rehabilitation for survivors in the Republic of Congo

PERGAMINO 23 March 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

This publication, which is especially useful for women’s rights and ICT for development organisations, UN agencies, health providers, legislators, policy makers and justice enforcement bodies, gathers the learnings and challenges identified by all actors involved in APC and AZUR Development’s project “Holding government accountable to gender-based violence in the Republic of Congo,” and reflects on the next steps to be taken in holding governments, police, health facilities and courts of law accountable in their commitments to eradicate violence against women and offer support to survivors.

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RightsCon Southeast Asia happening 24-25 March in Manila, Philippines

PERGAMINO 20 March 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

Civil society organisations, engineers, activists, lawyers, companies and governments will join together to address the subject of the internet and human rights in this rapidly evolving region, in an effort to protect the open internet and defend the digital rights of its users.

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Section J: From footnotes to headlines

PERGAMINO 20 March 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

“In a time when there are 200 million fewer women with access to the internet, and where 98% of sexual rights activists say the internet is crucial to their work, with 51% of them facing violence and intimidation online, how would a feminist internet look?” This was the concluding remark made by APC’s Jac sm Kee to a panel at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women. We invite you to walk through some highlights of the event.

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Communications surveillance victims in South Korea fight back

SEOUL 20 March 2015 (Jinbonet for APCNews)

Surveillance is one of the greatest challenges for civil society organisations trying to advance human rights on the internet. In South Korea, victims of communications surveillance have adopted an innovative approach to drawing attention to this issue, by launching a counterattack against state surveillance.

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HRC 28th session: "The violence faced by women human rights defenders has only intensified,” state APC and partners

20 March 2015 (ISHR, APC, AWID and FORUM-ASIA on behalf of the WHRD IC for APCNews)

The adoption of Egypt’s Universal Periodic Review report is taking place on Friday 20 March 2015. NGOs have the opportunity to make an oral statement during this time. This is the statement that ISHR, APC, AWID and FORUM-ASIA put together on behalf of the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition, focusing on the situation of women human rights defenders in Egypt.

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Resolutions on the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms

ACCRA 18 March 2015 (African Internet Rights Campaign for APCNews)

We, the promoters of the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms, unanimously adopted and issued the following resolutions.

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Research findings on technology-based violence against women launched at 59th session of the CSW

PERGAMINO 12 March 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

The Association for Progressive Communications Women’s Rights Programme (APC WRP) has organised the panel “Ending violence against women online: Effective responses to promote women’s rights and safety” to be held on Friday 13 March at 10:30 AM at the Armenian Convention Center, New York, as a side event at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).

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Foundation for Media Alternatives contributes to Philippine alternative report on women, media and ICT for CSW 59

10 March 2015 (Lisa García and Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

“Women, media, and information/communication technology” is the title of the report that Filipino civil society organisations put together to be shared at the discussions taking place at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 59) in New York, from 9 to 20 March 2015. Lisa García, from APC member Foundation for Media Alternatives, explains how the organisation’s work experience and research fed into this report.

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Research results are out! From impunity to justice: Exploring corporate and legal remedies for technology-related violence against women

PERGAMINO 9 March 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for GenderIT.org)

A new series of reports by the Association for Progressive Communications presents findings from a multi-country research project on technology-related violence against women. The research – which reveals a lack of access to justice for survivors – highlights the voices and experiences of women who have faced technology-related VAW and sought justice through state agencies and internet intermediaries. The research identifies available legal remedies, and analyses their strengths and limitations.

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APC at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York

PERGAMINO 6 March 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

Between 9 and 20 March, APC’s Women’s Rights Programme members will be attending the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York. This year the main focus of the session will be on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which turns 20. How far have we come, and how can you participate?

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NGOs call on governments to support the establishment of a UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy

6 March 2015 (APC for APCNews)

We encourage governments to support the creation of a Special Rapporteur with a mandate to provide guidance on the scope and content of the right to privacy.

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Online privacy, surveillance and warfare discussed at Pakistan Cyberspace Conference

ISLAMABAD 4 March 2015 (APC for APCNews)

“Cyber warfare and cyber security are of immense importance, the government should devise an internet governance policy in Pakistan.” This was one of the conclusions of the Pakistan Cyberspace Conference organised by APC member Bytes for All Pakistan in Islamabad.

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