Statements and submissions

Joint letter to ICANN: New proposal will endanger domain owners and impact marginalized communities
Joint letter to ICANN: New proposal will endanger domain owners and impact marginalized communities 09 July 2015

We are writing to you about the Initial Report on the Privacy & Proxy Services published on May 5th, which proposes requiring “commercial website” owners to display their address under their WHOIS data. We strongly recommend that the proposed policy not be adopted. We further recommend that ICANN revisit its own findings from 2013 and move toward making WHOIS privacy the default for everyone. We believe that ICANN should not be complicit in making doxing, stalking, and swatting any ea...

WSIS ten-year review - The way forward: Harnessing information and communications technologies for development
WSIS ten-year review - The way forward: Harnessing information and communications technologies for development 02 July 2015

APC statement on the occasion of the WSIS+10 Informal interactive stakeholder consultation, United Nations Headquarters, New York, 2 July 2015 Introduction I am speaking on behalf of the Association for Progressive Communications a global network with members in more than 50 countries. APC has been mobilising the power of ICTs for social justice and development for the last 25 years. Our comments today are endorsed by the Internet Democracy Project India and the International Federation of Li...

The Right to Privacy in Lebanon - Stakeholder Report for the Universal Periodic Review 23rd Session
The Right to Privacy in Lebanon - Stakeholder Report for the Universal Periodic Review 23rd Session 27 June 2015

This stakeholder report is a submission by Privacy International, Social Media Exchange and the Association for Progressive Communications. Together PI, SMEX and APC wish to bring their concerns about the protection and promotion of the right to privacy in Lebanon before the Human Rights Council for consideration in Lebanon’s upcoming review.

HRC29: Joint statement by Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) and the Association for Progressive Communications
HRC29: Joint statement by Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) and the Association for Progressive Communications 18 June 2015

Today at the Human Rights Council, Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) delivered a joint statement calling for urgent attention to the deteriorating situation in Malaysia with regards to the rights to freedom of expression and association.    

HRC29: Joint statement by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, the International Lesbian and Gay Association and the Association for Progressive Communications
HRC29: Joint statement by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, the International Lesbian and Gay Association and the Association for Progressive Communications 17 June 2015

At the Human Rights Council, APC together with the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission and the International Lesbian and Gay Association delivered a joint statement highlighting the importance of encryption and anonymity for people who face discrimination and persecution based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.

Joint Civil Society Statement to the Human Rights Council: Promote Strong Encryption and Anonymity in the Digital Age
Joint Civil Society Statement to the Human Rights Council: Promote Strong Encryption and Anonymity in the Digital Age 17 June 2015

APC has joined 26 NGOs in welcoming the report of UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression on the use of encryption and anonymity in digital communication, which was presented to the Human Rights Council today.

APC's oral statement on violence against women at the UN Human Rights Council
APC's oral statement on violence against women at the UN Human Rights Council 16 June 2015

During the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on violence against women at the 29th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council, APC delivered an oral statement calling on all states to develop effective responses to technology-related violence against women as a matter of urgency as part of their existing obligations to uphold women’s human rights.

Letter to the President of the UN General Assembly on the World Summit on the Information Society Ten-year Review (WSIS+10)
Letter to the President of the UN General Assembly on the World Summit on the Information Society Ten-year Review (WSIS+10) 13 June 2015

The goal of people-centred information societies can only be achieved through constant adherence to the principle of inclusive participation. This is why meaningful participation of all stakeholders is so important in the ten-year review and in furthering the WSIS vision beyond 2015.

Statement on the occasion of the WSIS Forum 2015, Geneva 25 – 29 May
Statement on the occasion of the WSIS Forum 2015, Geneva 25 – 29 May 26 May 2015

My name is Aida Mahmutović. I come from Bosnia and Herzegovina where I work for the One World Platform for South and East Europe, a member of the Association for Progressive Communications. Today I speak on behalf of the APC. As an international civil society network that has participated actively in the WSIS process since its inception, APC remains committed to the WSIS goal of a “peopl...

APC statement on the Global Conference on Cyberspace, The Hague, 16-17 April 2015
APC statement on the Global Conference on Cyberspace, The Hague, 16-17 April 2015 20 May 2015

We encourage the Global Conference of Cyberspace organisers to work closely with civil society groups and human rights defenders in the preparations for the event and to take local challenges fully into account, such as the hostile online environment that many journalists and human and women’s rights defenders have to confront.