Statements, positions and contributions from the APC
|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.
|APC statement on UNGA resolution “Right to Privacy in the Digital Age”||Nov 2014|
|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.
|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|
|Connections and Disconnects: Reflections from APC on the 2014 IGF||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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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|
|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.
|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.
|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.