Statements, positions and contributions from the APC

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Jakarta Recommendations on Freedom of Expression in the Context of Religion

The Jakarta Recommendations are the outcome of discussions at a regional consultation on Expression, Opinion and Religious Freedoms in Asia, held in Jakarta, Indonesia on 3-5 June 2015. Over 140 people, comprised of experts, including the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, as well as human rights defenders and civil society activists from across Asia, participated in the regional consultation.

Jun 2015 Jakarta Recommendations
Joint Civil Society Statement to the Human Rights Council: Promote Strong Encryption and Anonymity in the Digital Age

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Jun 2015
APC statement on the Global Conference on Cyberspace, The Hague, 16-17 April 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.

May 2015 English
Joint Statement on the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015 Pakistan May 2015 English
Statement on the occasion of the 18th session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development May 2015 English
Statement on the occasion of the WSIS Forum 2015, Geneva 25 – 29 May May 2015 English
Criteria for the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy Apr 2015 English
Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) response to the Consultation on Regulatory Framework for Over-the-top (OTT) Services/ Internet Services and Net Neutrality Apr 2015 English
Joint letter of concern on the declining standards of freedom of expression in Malaysia

We would like to express our concern on the declining standards of freedom of expression in Malaysia and the recent amendments introduced to the Sedition Act. The amendments also threaten freedom of expression online.

Apr 2015
Statement: Stop defamation against the women human rights defenders of CEDEHM in Mexico

As a member of the Women Human Rights Defender International Coalition (WHRDIC), APC has signed this statement expressing serious concerns about the situation of women human rights defenders Luz Estela Castro, Director of the Women’s Human Rights Center (CEDEHM) and Irma Villanueva, Director of the Legal Department of CEDEHM in Chihuahua, México.

Apr 2015 English
Suggestions for right to privacy-related questions to be included in the list of issues on South Africa, Human Rights Committee

Rigth2Know, PI, APCRigth2Know, PI, APC

Apr 2015 English
WHRDIC urges Chinese authorities to release five young feminists

The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRDIC) calls on Wang Xiaohong, the Director of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau, Chairman Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang to immediately and unconditionally ensure the release of the five young women human rights defenders who were criminally detained in China after they planned events to protest sexual harassment on International Women’s Day.

Apr 2015
68 NGOs call on governments to support the establishment of a UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy

We encourage governments to support the creation of a Special Rapporteur with a mandate to provide guidance on the scope and content of the right to privacy.

Mar 2015
APC joins Global Library and Archives Community in welcoming new UN report on Copyright Policy and the Right to Science and Culture

In March 2015 the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of Cultural Rights presented a report to the 28th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva regarding copyright policy in the context of cultural rights. APC joins the Global Library and Archives Community in welcoming the report that examines copyright from a critical but often neglected perspective: the human dimension.

Mar 2015 English
Briefing Note: Human Rights Council 28th session Mar 2015 English
Call on the government of South Africa to support the creation of a UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy Mar 2015 English
Draft Provisions for Amendment of the South African Copyright Act of 1978 Mar 2015 English
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

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