Free Malaysia Today: "Stop harassing activists and human rights defenders"

PETALING JAYA 6 May 2015 (Janarthani Arumugam for Free Malaysia Today )

On April 28, the police arrested Executive Director of EMPOWER Maria Chin Abdullah. Member of the BERSIH 2.0 Mandeep Singh was also brought in for questioning. Both were released on police bail after about an hour. They, along with Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tsin, are the latest targets of a wave of police investigations and arrests following Anwar Ibrahim’s incarceration and the Kita Lawan rallies.

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Coalition of African Lesbians granted Observer Status by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

South Africa

In this statement, the Coalition of African Lesbians congratulates the decision of the African Commission on Human and People´s Rights to grant Observer Status to CAL, a network of 19 organisations working to transform Africa into a continent where lesbian and bisexual women and gender non-conforming people enjoy the full range of human rights.

Download the full statement here

Imagining a feminist internet 20 years after the launch of Section J

PERGAMINO 24 April 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for GenderIT.org)

Is it still possible to imagine a debate on a feminist internet within the context of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)? This question has been resounding since the last session of the CSW took place in March 2015. This GenderIT.org edition analyses what happened around Section J at the 59th session of the CSW, as well as what did not happen, and brings forward ideas on how to strategise around this space in the future.

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The latest amendments to the Sedition Act pose increasing threats to freedom of expression in Malaysia, both offline and online

23 April 2015 (APC for APCNews)

APC, along with other organisations, has signed a joint letter of concern on the declining standards of freedom of expression in Malaysia.

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Call for applications for the third African School on Internet Governance

22 April 2015 (APC for APCNews)

APC and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency are pleased to announce the call for applications for the third African School on Internet Governance.

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Zero trollerance: Self-help for sexists in six simple steps

Welcome to the Zero Trollerance six-step self-help program!

Hate has always been a part of the internet and the intentional harassment of other people (termed trolling) has too.

Developing countries helped to achieve universal access through use of shared infrastructure

15 April 2015 (APC for APCNews)


Governments must promote sharing networks and laying cables with other infrastructure such as roads and power lines if they are to meet needs for universal broadband.

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Porn. Panic. Ban.

India

I’m convinced we’re having the wrong conversation around digital porn.

Late last year, the British government banned a bunch of sex acts online, including female ejaculation.

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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Women: Strengthening communication on the internet to improve rights

_After four years working as an advocate of sexual and reproductive rights, Lorena M., had already gathered quite an experience for the type of insults that could come across her path in meetings and public events. The tough debate with pro-life organizations and religious fundamentalists was expectable, even when a member of these organizations would pass by her on the street.

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