Statements and submissions

Civil society at OECD event in Mexico rejects repression in Oaxaca
Civil society at OECD event in Mexico rejects repression in Oaxaca 23 June 2016

The OECD ministerial meeting on the digital economy currently taking place in Cancún, Mexico is a forum on public policies that shape the global economy. However, this important international event occurs in a critical social and political context for the Mexican government.    

APC condemns brutal state attacks on Oaxacan civil society
APC condemns brutal state attacks on Oaxacan civil society 21 June 2016

On 19 June, Mexican police forces opened fire on teachers and civil society organisations protesting against educational reforms in the state of Oaxaca. APC stands in solidarity with the people of Oaxaca, the teachers’ movement, our members in Mexico and our colleagues in Mexican civil society.

32nd Session of the Human Rights Council: Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to education, freedom of peaceful assembly and association
32nd Session of the Human Rights Council: Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to education, freedom of peaceful assembly and association 17 June 2016

APC welcomes the report by the Special Rapporteur on the right to education, particularly his focus on “the right to education in the digital age” and his observation that the digital divide persists and continues to result in unequal opportunities for education both between and within countries.

32nd session of the Human Rights Council: Oral statement by APC at the Annual Full-Day Discussion on the Human Rights of Women
32nd session of the Human Rights Council: Oral statement by APC at the Annual Full-Day Discussion on the Human Rights of Women 16 June 2016

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.

Written submission to the Human Rights Councils' 32nd session: State of internet rights in India, Malaysia and Pakistan
Written submission to the Human Rights Councils' 32nd session: State of internet rights in India, Malaysia and Pakistan 16 June 2016

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.

The role of the internet in democratising the curation, interpretation and reconstruction of cultural heritage
The role of the internet in democratising the curation, interpretation and reconstruction of cultural heritage 12 June 2016

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 UN Special Rapporteur's report on the role of private actors in protecting and promoting freedom of expression in the digital age
APC welcomes UN Special Rapporteur's report on the role of private actors in protecting and promoting freedom of expression in the digital age 10 June 2016

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.

Written statement by the Association for Progressive Communications on the right to education and the internet
Written statement by the Association for Progressive Communications on the right to education and the internet 10 June 2016

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.

Malaysian parliament should heed civil society calls to reject flawed Communications and Multimedia Act amendments
Malaysian parliament should heed civil society calls to reject flawed Communications and Multimedia Act amendments 16 May 2016

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.  

High-level Policy Session statement at WSIS Forum 2016
High-level Policy Session statement at WSIS Forum 2016 03 May 2016

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.