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23 May 2012 APC
The Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Centro Internacional de Estudios Superiores de Comunicación para América Latina (CIESPAL) and Radialistas Apasionadas y Apasionados welcome the openness of the government of Ecuador towards exploring the implications of human rights online. “Although Ecuador did not explicitly mention internet-related human rights during its review, we’re optimistic that it will work towards setting clear objectives to defend human rights on the internet,”...
20 Apr 2012 APC
APC, Istanbul, April 20 2012 – “Online Safety – Ask Me”. This is what the badges say, that an increasing number of women are wearing this week in Istanbul for a high-level International Women’s Forum. Recognised as one of the world’s most important gatherings of women rights activists, the 12th AWID (Association for Women’s Rights in Development) International Forum is starting to take up digital security as a serious feminist issue. But why exactly is digital security a...
01 Mar 2012
Geneva: APC welcomes the success of the Human Rights Council expert panel on freedom of expression that took place in Geneva on 29 February as an important step towards promoting and protecting human rights online. Anriette Esterhuysen, APC’s executive director and panellist said, “It was extremely encouraging that states agree that the same rights that apply in the offline world also apply online.” Following on from the report of Frank La Rue in 2011, the panel was an interactive dialogue and revealed a...
20 Feb 2012
On 29 February 2012, the Human Rights Council will convene an expert panel in Geneva to discuss the issue of freedom of expression on the internet. Drawing on recommendations from the report of the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, the panel will focus on ways to promote and protect freedom of expression online in accordance with international human rights law. Proposed by the Swedish government last September, the panel was officially adopted as part of Decision 18/27 during the 18th Session of the...
18 Jan 2012 APC
Today, APC joined dozens of sites and organisations in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect-IP Act (PIPA) by blacking out. These two bills, if passed, represent an unprecedented threat to the open internet as we know it, with impacts felt far beyond the borders of the United States. APC believes the internet is a global public good and is joining today’s protest in solidarity with those who fight to uphold internet-related human rights. APC is concerned with the global trend...
10 Jan 2012 APC
APC is pleased to announce the submission of country reports for India, Brazil, South Africa and Ecuador for the Universal Periodic Review process, which will convene at the UN in May 2012. These reports mark the first time that internet-related human rights issues have been raised as part of the UPR in these four countries, and sets the stage for holding governments accountable. While the issues addressed are specific to each country, the reports highlight that the issue of human rights on the internet is and...
20 Dec 2011
SMS services have been suspended in the Democratic Republic of Congo, allegedly to prevent the spread of electoral related rumours. Mobile services providers and media in DRC announced on November 4th, that by order of the Government, SMS services had been suspended in order to prevent people from sharing results before being are announced by the Elections Commission. As a global civil society network advocating on internet rights, Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and its network of partners in...
08 Dec 2011
APC members and networks have highlighted internet-related human rights issues in the Universal Period Review (UPR) process — we call on others to do the same. The Association for Progressive Communications, in coordination with local members and networks, has achieved a major milestone in our efforts to have human rights standards, as recognised under existing treaties, applied to the internet. UPR submissions for India, Brazil, South Africa and Ecuador, focused on internet-related human rights issues...
08 Dec 2011 APC/Hivos
Launching on December 10 — Human Rights Day — the Global Information Society Watch 2011 report investigates how governments and internet and mobile phone companies are trying to restrict freedom online — and how citizens are responding to this using the very same technologies. Everyone is familiar with the stories of Egypt and Tunisia. GISWatch authors tell these and other lesser-known stories from over fifty countries including: PRISON CONDITIONS IN ARGENTINA Prisoners are using the...
18 Nov 2011 APCNews
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (APC) November 1 — APC condemns the imprisonment of Alaa Abd El-Fattah, an influential Egyptian activist and blogger and long-time APC collaborator, for his conscientious objection to the use of military courts to try civilians in Egypt. Alaa has been detained for fifteen days following his refusal to be interrogated by a military court regarding the 9 October Maspero clashes in which several protestors were killed. His arbitrary detainment has sparked protest, with...

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