Statements and submissions
APC welcomes the prioritisation of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in Goal 5 of the 2030 Agenda, in particular, recognition of the need to enhance the use of enabling technology to achieve this as a clear target.
In India, Malaysia and Pakistan, many of the restrictions imposed on freedom of expression, assembly and association and on the right to privacy are being extended and sometimes heightened in online spaces.
In response to a call for input by the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, APC offered this perspective on the positive role of the internet in making cultural heritage accessible to the public, and the potential of the internet for the preservation of cultural heritage.
APC welcomes the report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, which focuses on the role of the information and communications technology (ICT) sector in the promotion and protection of freedom of opinion and expression.
APC welcomes the report by the Special Rapporteur on the right to education, particularly the substantial consideration given to the role of the internet and technology in education, and the observation that the digital divide persists and continues to result in unequal opportunities for education.
APC is alarmed at the proposed amendments to the Communications and Multimedia Act in Malaysia. We stand with the coalition of Malaysian civil society organisations known as Net Merdeka in calling for the parliament to reject all amendments, which compromise the right to freedom of expression.
This new phase of the WSIS process is a unique opportunity to focus on the interaction between technology and the various aspects of development, recognising that technology alone cannot resolve development challenges and that the information society is primarily a matter of human development.
APC welcomes the focus of the Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression on the responsibilities of the information and communication technology (ICT) sector to protect and promote freedom of expression in the digital age, and the opportunity to contribute to this study.
Bytes for All, Pakistan, Media Matters for Democracy and the Association for Progressive Communications express their grave concerns over the recent development regarding the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill in the national assembly and reject the bill in its current shape.
At a hearing at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on 7 April 2106, APC, Article 19 and Public Knowledge emphasised the importance of the internet and ICTs for cultural rights in Brazil, and raised key concerns around this issue.