Statements, positions and contributions from the APC

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HRC 28th session: Statement of ISHR, APC, AWID and FORUM-ASIA on behalf of the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition

The adoption of Egypt’s Universal Periodic Review report is taking place on Friday 20 March 2015. NGOs have the opportunity to make an oral statement during this time. This is the statement that the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition put together, focusing on the situation of women human rights defenders in Egypt. “We express our grave concern that the violence, intimidation and harassment faced by women human rights defenders, which were raised during Egypt’s UPR last year, has only intensified,” the statement says.

Mar 2015 English
More than 90 NGOs call to establish a UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy at the Human Rights Council’s 28th Session

We strongly recommend that the Council takes up this invitation and establishes a Special Rapporteur with a mandate to provide guidance and monitor the implementation of the right to privacy as enshrined in Article 12 of the UDHR and Article 17 of the ICCPR.

Mar 2015
Resolutions on the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms Mar 2015 English
Submission to the Open Call for Input on IGF inter-sessional work Feb 2015 English
Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression Feb 2015 English
APC stands in solidarity with Sudanese journalists, calls on government to drop charges against Madeeha Abdalla

On 13 January, Madeeha Abdalla, the editor-in-chief of Al-Midan, was charged by the National Intelligence and Security Services with crimes against the state.

Jan 2015
APC statement on UNGA resolution “Right to Privacy in the Digital Age” Nov 2014
APC's Women's Rights Programme statement: Forwarding violence is violence

The Association for Progressive Communications Women’s Rights Programme (APC WRP) rejects and condemns systemic, technology-related violence against women in all its expressions. The acts of recording, photographing and documenting acts of sexual violence and further distribution and sharing are all part of the violence. With each view, share and forward, people are continuing and replicating the violence. These actions are not separate from structures of gender inequality and discrimination that enable sexual harassment, violence and assault to perpetuate.

Nov 2014
Call to support a strong UNGA resolution on the right to privacy in the digital age Nov 2014 English
Statement on the Ten-year Review of Progress Made in the Implementation of the Outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society

The undersigned organisations from civil society welcome the CSTD Secretariat’s draft report on the Ten-year Review of Progress Made in the Implementation of the Outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society.

Nov 2014
Connections and Disconnects: Reflections from APC on the 2014 IGF Oct 2014 English
Open civil society letter on transparency at the ITU Plenipotentiary Oct 2014
Remarks from the Association for Progressive Communications on the occasion of the ITU's 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference Oct 2014 English
Briefing note Human Rights Council 27th session Sep 2014 English
Feminist Principles of the Internet

Over three days, the participants discussed and debated intersections of gender, sexuality, and the internet – not only as a tool – but as a new public space. In thinking through these issues, the participants at the meeting developed a set of 15 feminist principles of the internet. These are designed to be an evolving document that informs our work on gender and technology, as well as influences our policy-making discussions when it comes to internet governance.

Sep 2014
IGF 2014 shares messages on right to privacy in the digital age at Human Rights Council

On 5 September 2014, Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2014 participants from governments, civil society, the private sector, academic and technical communities agreed on key messages concerning the right to privacy in the digital age. The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is now sharing these messages at the Human Rights Council 27th session in Geneva. Read the full statement from IGF 2014 participants.

Sep 2014 English
Joint civil society statement on privacy in the digital age Sep 2014
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
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

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