How does the panel work?

There is no set procedure for Panels. Generally, it is up to the leading sponsor State to coordinate the identification of panelists and the general concept note of the meeting. A panel consists of a 3 hour formal UN debate – usually introduced by 4-5 experts in the field and high level personalities. States and some NGOs respond to that with their political statements.

Why have a panel?

A Panel is often seen as the softest, risk-free step that the Council can take on an issue. Sometimes these kinds of panels are criticized because of that – too weak an option, not really doing anything, delay tactic etc. On the other hand it is a good entry point for a new issue and it’s safe in the sense that there is no automatic follow up.

What do the treaties say?

While the UDHR calls for equal rights for men and women, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, CEDAW from 1981 is considered the main treaty regarding women’s rights.

CEDAW article 1

For the purposes of the present Convention, the term “discrimination against women” shall mean any distinction, exclusion or

What do the treaties say?

UNDHR article 12

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation.

What do the treaties say?

UDHR article 20

Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.

No one may be compelled to belong to an association.

ICCPR article 21

The right of peaceful assembly shall be recognized.

Using the Universal Periodic Review for Human Rights Online

By Deborah Brown (APC) and Sheetal Kumar (GPD) (July 2016, APC )

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¿Cómo se contrata en América Latina el acceso a internet?

By Fundación Karisma, con apoyo de R3D, IPANDETEC, TEDIC, Apertura Radical y APC. (June 2016, )

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Inside the Information Society: Putting ICTs to rights

London [27 June 2016]

Each week, David Souter comments on an important issue for APC members and others concerned about the Information Society. This week’s blog looks at human rights and how they have been affected by ICTs and the Internet.

We talk a lot about ICTs and human rights.

“The African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms is just an instrument, but quite an important one"

23 June 2016 (APCNews)

“Being mentioned in the Special Rapporteur’s report means that the African Declaration is increasingly getting recognition from the human rights community.”

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