human rights

Human rights and the internet: The key role of National Human Rights Institutions in protecting human rights in the digital age
Human rights and the internet: The key role of National Human Rights Institutions in protecting human rights in the digital age 21 June 2017

What can National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) do to uphold and promote internet rights? We extend an invitation to National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) to be part of a worldwide movement that seeks to respect, protect and promote human rights in the digital age.

Bridging the gender digital divide to realise women’s human rights
Bridging the gender digital divide to realise women’s human rights 14 June 2017

At the 35th Session of the Human Rights Council, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights will present its report on ways to bridge the gender digital divide from a human rights perspective. Join us for a discussion of the OHCHR report.

APC celebrates Africa Day with roundtable addressing human rights and the internet
APC celebrates Africa Day with roundtable addressing human rights and the internet 25 May 2017

As the world commemorates Africa Day this week, APC is convening a roundtable in partnership with the South African Human Rights Commission and the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The question of the day: How to protect human rights online while countering violent extremism?
The question of the day: How to protect human rights online while countering violent extremism? 26 September 2016

Among the more than a dozen reports from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights that were discussed last week at the Human Rights Council (HRC), one addressed a topic very relevant to internet policy and regulation: how to protect and promote human rights while preventing and countering violent extremism. Aside from being one of the most significant challenges to the enjoyment of human right...

Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 33rd session
Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 33rd session 13 September 2016

The 33nd session of the Human Rights Council (HRC33) is taking place from 12 to 30 September 2016 in Geneva. This session will consider the human rights situations in a number of countries including Syria, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Yemen, Sudan and Somalia, among others. In many of these countries human rights violations extend to the online environment, through filtering o...

Shifting Power and Human Rights Diplomacy: South Africa
Shifting Power and Human Rights Diplomacy: South Africa 06 September 2016

The key question of this volume is to what extent South Africa has used its power and influence for human rights promotion and protection abroad. APC’s Anriette Esterhuysen, Emilar Vushe and Deborah Brown co-authored the chapter on privacy, security and internet governance.

UNHRC: Resolution reaffirming human rights online adopted
UNHRC: Resolution reaffirming human rights online adopted 01 July 2016

APC welcomes the adoption by the Human Rights Council (HRC) of resolution reaffirming the importance of promoting and protecting human rights on the internet. The resolution which was adopted by consensus addresses some of the most pressing challenges to human rights online today.    

APC welcomes Human Rights Council resolution on the internet and human rights
APC welcomes Human Rights Council resolution on the internet and human rights 01 July 2016

APC welcomes the adoption by the Human Rights Council (HRC) of resolution A/HRC/32/L.20 reaffirming the importance of promoting and protecting human rights on the internet. The resolution, which was adopted by consensus, addresses some of the most pressing challenges to human rights online today.

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.    

Business and digital rights: Taking stock of the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights in the ICT sector
Business and digital rights: Taking stock of the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights in the ICT sector 13 June 2016

This issue paper takes stock of the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in the ICT sector,  in terms of state responsibility to protect human rights, corporate responsibility to respect rights, and access to effective remedy when rights have been violated.