Freedom of expression

#NotAnotherDay in Prison for Egyptian Activists

27 August 2014 (APCNews)

APC strongly condemns the continued and arbitrary detention of Alaa Abd El Fattah and Sanaa Seif for violation of Egypt’s highly restrictive public assembly law. Today, APC sadly mourns the death of Alaa and Sanaa’s father and esteemed human rights defender and lawyer, Ahmad Seif al Islam. We call on the APC community to campaign for the release of Alaa, Sanaa and all unjustly detained activists.

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Experts Meeting On Freedom Of Expression, Children's Rights And The Internet In Africa

Location: 
Milpark Garden Court Hotel Cnr. Empire Road and Owl Street Auckland Park Johannesburg, South Africa 2073
Date and time: 
Aug 11 2014 - 8:30am - 5:30pm

The meeting, convened by the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, in collaboration with APC, will look at the issues related to the protection and promotion of children’s rights in the area of communication media and internet in Africa.

Expert Consultation on Freedom of Expression, Internet Access and Human Rights in Africa: Context, Issues and Challenges

Location: 
Milpark Garden Court Hotel, Cnr. Empire Road and Owl Street, Auckland Park, Johannesburg, South Africa 2073
Date and time: 
Aug 12 2014 - 8:30am - 5:30pm

In 2011, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, presented recommendations for governments in the area of access to internet and freedom of expression.

Public consultation: African declaration for internet rights and freedoms

31 July 2014 (ET for APCNews)

Earlier this year, civil society organisations drafted the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms in order to guide internet development across Africa. APC and partners launched a wide, public consultation online and through meetings across the continent. Everyone is invited to contribute. The consultation closes 4 August. French and Arabic versions are available.

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UPDATE: APC condemns arbitrary detention of women human rights defenders in Egypt

MONTREAL 25 June 2014 (APCNews)

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.

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APC condemns arbitrary detention of women human rights defenders in Egypt

By Association for Progressive Communication (June 2014, APC )

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.

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UPDATE: APC members support statement to release APC partner Alaa Abd El Fattah

MONTREAL 23 June 2014 (APCNews)

APC strongly condemns the conviction of Egyptian activist and APC partner Alaa Abd El Fattah, sentenced on 11 June 2014 to 15 years in prison for organising a protest. He was convicted in absentia, along with 24 other protestors. 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.

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APC condemns conviction of Egyptian activist and APC partner Alaa Abd El Fattah

By APC (June 2014, Association for Progressive Communications (APC) )

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.

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Ground breaking study on hate speech online in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD 11 June 2014 (BytesForAll Pakistan)

APC member Bytes for All Pakistan has just released the first study on hate speech online in the country. More than 92% of Pakistani users encountered hate speech online, and more than 51% identified themselves as targets of such speech, a survey included in the study revealed. Read more about the issue from both a quantitative and qualitative perspective.

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Briefing note: Human Rights Council 26th session

BARCELONA AND NEW YORK 10 June 2014 (Deniz Duru Aydin (Access) and Deborah Brown and Shawna Finnegan (APC) for APC and Access)

The 26th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) is taking place in Geneva from 10 to 27 June. Information on the internet-related human rights issues that will be addressed there are provided by APC and Access in this briefing note.

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