Statements, positions and contributions from the APC

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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
Joint 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
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 English, IGF Outputs report_from_APC_010814_Final.pdf
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
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
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

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