Statements, positions and contributions from the APC

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Statement from members of the WHRD IC to the Human Rights Council on its 27th Session

ISHR makes this statement on behalf of members of the Women Human Rights Defender International Coalition, an international network of women’s rights, human rights and sexual rights organizations. We address this simple fact: in the global North and South alike, women human rights defenders are targeted for murder, kidnapping, torture, rape, and harassment because of who we are and because of the work we do. As the Council strengthens its work on women generally, we note the critical need to integrate analysis and reporting on women human rights defenders who demand protection, respect and fulfillment of all human rights.

Sep 2014
Joint civil society statement on privacy in the digital age Sep 2014
APC's priorities for the ninth Internet Governance Forum,Turkey, 2014

The ninth annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be held in Istanbul, Turkey on 2–5 September 2014. This year’s overall theme is “Connecting Continents for Enhanced Multistakeholder Internet Governance”. In the document attached are APC’s priorities for IGF 2014, clustered according to the event’s sub-themes, followed by a schedule of APC activities in Istanbul.

Aug 2014 English
Internet Governance Forum Secretariat's mandate 2011-2013/4: APC's contributions on concrete decisions or actions taken regarding engagement at IGFs

APC has participated in the global IGF since its inception in 2006 and has been a co-convener of multiple regional and national IGFs. We have consistently engaged at the IGF to advance the following as key concerns to be considered in internet governance at national, regional and global levels: affordable access for all; internet openness; free expression and other human rights; the free flow of information; women’s rights development; and multistakeholder cooperation, transparency, public participation and accountability.

Aug 2014 English
Internet and Human Rights Concerns needed in the Fortaleza Declaration of Sixth BRICS Summit

APC and other civil society organizations believe that the internet is a global resource enabling human rights and development and should be managed in the public interest. A joint statement by APC and partners calls on BRICS governments (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), individually and collectively, to ensure that internet issues are addressed in the Fortaleza Declaration being drafted in Fortaleza, Brazil 14-16 July.

Jul 2014
Historic report connects our rights and upholds the right to privacy in the digital age

APC welcomes the groundbreaking report “The right to privacy in the digital age”, released yesterday by Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The report affirms that the international human rights framework for the promotion and protection of the right to privacy applies online and that governments have been failing in their obligations.

Jul 2014
Concrete decisions or actions that have been taken as a result of engagement at national, regional and global Internet Governance Forum during its 2011—2013/4 mandate Jul 2014 IGF Outputs report_from_APC_010814_Final.pdf, English
Briefing note: Human Rights Council 26th session Jun 2014 English
Human Right Council 26: The internet and human rights

“One year after the Snowden revelations, the Human Rights Council must recognise that trust in the internet is conditional on respect for the rights to freedom of expression and privacy, regardless of users’ nationality or location”, says a joint statement supported by APC and delivered today in Geneva.

Jun 2014
APC condemns conviction of Egyptian activist and APC partner Alaa Abd El Fattah

APC strongly condemns the conviction of Egyptian activist and APC partner Alaa Abd El Fattah, sentenced on June 11, 2014 to 15 years in prison for organizing a protest. He was convicted in absentia, along with 24 other protestors. Alaa Abd El Fattah is a close partner of the APC network. We call on the Egyptian government to release the prisoners and repeal the draconian protest law introduced in November 2013. We call on the APC community to join the campaign to #FreeAlaa.

Jun 2014
APC condemns arbitrary detention of women human rights defenders in Egypt

APC denounces the arrests of 23 protestors and human rights defenders in Egypt, including the arrest of Yara Sallam, long-time APC partner and human rights advocate. Since the introduction of the protest law in November, there have been a string of actions aimed at silencing dissent in Egypt. APC fully supports the call from Nazra for Feminist Studies to release the human rights defenders and comply with international standards on freedom of assembly.

Jun 2014
Joint statement on WSIS+10 high-level event Jun 2014
APC welcomes Human Rights Council resolution on human rights and the internet The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) welcomes the UN Human Rights Council’s resolution on the promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the internet. Adopted by consensus by 82 member states, the resolution affirms that the same rights people enjoy offline apply online. While the APC applauds the links made between the internet and development, the APC also points out areas where the resolution could have been stronger.

Jun 2014 English, English
Submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the right to privacy in the digital age Apr 2014 Engilsh
Association for Progressive Communications (APC) statement on NETmundial Apr 2014 English, English
Human Rights Council 25: Oral statement on privacy Mar 2014
Human Rights Council 25: Oral statement on whistleblowers Mar 2014
APC's proposals for NETmundial Mar 2014
Contributions to the NetMundial – Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance

Since its formation in 1990 the APC network and its members have been committed to achieving universal and affordable access to a free and open internet. APC has consultative status with the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and has participated actively in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and Internet Governance Forum (IGF) processes, driven by the conviction that the internet is a global public good and a vital enabler of social justice, gender equality and human rights.

Mar 2014 Engilsh
Human Rights Council 25: Oral statement on Nigeria Mar 2014

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