Internet rights are human rights: Reflections from workshops in the DRC and Kenya on violence against women
I’ve had the privilege, this past year, to travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Kenya to facilitate workshops based on our Internet Rights are Human Rights: Violence Against Women (VAW) online curriculum.
A group of NGOs, including APC, have sent an open letter to Facebook, in representation of individuals who have experienced harm as a result of Facebook’s “real name” policy.
APC joins open letter by civil rights groups worldwide against the Surveillance Bill to be adopted in France. We urge the French Parliament to reject it and protect the rights of individuals all around the world.
Joint statement on Egypt: Presidential pardon frees some women human rights defenders, while others are still detained
The delay in the release of both Ms. Salwa Mihriz and Ms. Nahed Sherif is quite atrocious, especially that Ms. Mihriz’s release is halted by the fact that her name is not written correctly in the pardon decision. As for Ms. Mahienour El-Massry, it is feared that her exclusion from the concerned pardon is a result of her being targeted for her well-known and prominent human rights activism.
PROTEGE QV at the African School on Internet Governance: “The African Declaration should be a citizen handbook on internet use”
Since 1995, PROTEGE QV has worked in promoting rural development, protecting the environment and improving the well-being of communities in Cameroon. In 2007, it joined APC as the first central African member with the following motto: “We believe in the power of ICT to give equal access to information as a strategy to fight against poverty.”
This video by Dhyta Caturani from EngageMedia features Sheena Magenya and Naomi Fontanos speaking about online misogynistic content and its relation to freedom of expression, while attending the second Imagine a Feminist Internet meeting in Malaysia, July 2015.
The 30th session of the Human Rights Council is taking place from 14 September to 2 October 2015 in Geneva. Internet rights are to be discussed during this session in the context of participation in political and public life, racism and xenophobia, communications network shutdowns, mass and targeted surveillance, encryption, and restrictions on access to information and communication technologies.
On 24 September, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will present the winners of this year’s “Pioneer Awards”. At APC we are thrilled to see our director Anriette Esterhuysen and the work of APC among the winners.
Since early 2015, the Local Action to Secure Internet Rights (LASIR) project has focused on empowering national and local actors in their defence of human rights on the internet, in countries as diverse as South Korea, Brazil, the Philippines, India, Jordan, Uganda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bangladesh, Kenya and Tunisia.