Statements and submissions

APC's priorities for the 10th Internet Governance Forum, Brazil, 2015
APC's priorities for the 10th Internet Governance Forum, Brazil, 2015 05 November 2015

The 10th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be held in João Pessoa, Brazil, from 10 to 13 November 2015 with the overall theme of “Evolution of Internet Governance: Empowering Sustainable Development”.    

Bangladesh: bloggers and online activists at risk. Submission to the Human Rights Council 30th session
Bangladesh: bloggers and online activists at risk. Submission to the Human Rights Council 30th session 02 November 2015

The deadly situation facing secular bloggers in Bangladesh presents a grave threat to freedom of religion and belief, as well as the right to freedom of opinion and expression. APC and Bytes for All, Pakistan submitted a written statement to the 30th session of the Human Rights Council highlighting the threats against secular bloggers in Bangladesh for the Council’s attention.

Jakarta Recommendations on Freedom of Expression in the  Context of Religion
Jakarta Recommendations on Freedom of Expression in the Context of Religion 28 October 2015

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 civ...

WSIS+10: Joint civil society comments on the zero-draft
WSIS+10: Joint civil society comments on the zero-draft 21 October 2015

This submission was developed as a joint effort of a diverse number of civil society groups that participated in a WSIS+10 civil society coordination event that took place on October 14 and 15 in New York, which APC co-organised.

APC's Comments on the WSIS+10 Zero Draft
APC's Comments on the WSIS+10 Zero Draft 21 October 2015

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) welcomes the content of the WSIS+10 Review Zero Draft. We have compiled the following proposals which we believe will strengthen the final document.

Universal Periodic Review - Sudan. Civil society calls for protection of Sudanese human rights defenders and journalists
Universal Periodic Review - Sudan. Civil society calls for protection of Sudanese human rights defenders and journalists 13 October 2015

On 21 September, 10 Sudanese civil society and human rights organisations (names have been withheld, as protection against reprisals) in collaboration with the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Alternatives, submitted a stakeholder report to the second UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Sudan, scheduled to take place in Geneva in April 2016. This revie...

Facts on #TakeBacktheTech
Facts on #TakeBacktheTech 12 October 2015

Since Friday, 9 October 2015, a mounting online attack has been launched against the Twitter hashtag #TakeBacktheTech and associated initiatives. The attack against APC and Take Back the Tech and efforts to hijack the #takebackthetech hashtag, which has involved people who self-associate with #Gamergate posting threats targeting members of our community and images that depict women being subjec...

Take Action for #TakeBackTheTech and #ImagineAFeministInternet
Take Action for #TakeBackTheTech and #ImagineAFeministInternet 10 October 2015

On 9th of October 2015, misogynists, trolls and a variety of people who associate with the #Gamergate hashtag decided to occupy and corrupt the #TakeBackTheTech and #ImagineAFeministInternet hashtags by posting thousands of anti-feminist and misogynistic tweets and memes. This attack is the response to a tweet chat organised by the Internet Governance Forum Best Practice Forum on Countering Onl...

Policy Options for Connecting the Next Billion. APC Submission to the 2015 IGF Intersessional
Policy Options for Connecting the Next Billion. APC Submission to the 2015 IGF Intersessional 09 October 2015

As the internet becomes more ubiquitous, less is being heard from those who are disconnected – the less wealthy and more marginalised groups – who are unable to demand rights on the same footing as those who are connected.