Freedom of expression

Reports on mass communications surveillance launched in Mexico, South Africa

MADRID 13 April 2015 (Leila Nachawati Rego for APCNews)

The latest Global Information Society Watch report is devoted to the analysis of communications surveillance in 57 countries. Authors from Mexico and South Africa raised local issues related to surveillance at report launch events.

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WHRDIC urges Chinese authorities to release five young feminists

10 April 2015 (WHRDIC for APCNews)

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 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.

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WHRDIC urges Chinese authorities to release five young feminists

By WHRDIC (April 2015, APC )

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.

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EMPOWER: Malaysia's Sedition Act amendments a betrayal of democratic process

KUALA LUMPUR 10 April 2015 (Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER))

Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) is outraged and disappointed by the manner in which amendments to the Sedition Act 1948 and the Prevention of Terrorism Act were rushed through Parliament.

Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF): A victory for freedom of expression

India

Court Judgment on 66 A: A victory for freedom of expression

“Freedom of expression can be defined in three aspects: Discussion, Advocacy and Incitement.” This historic statement was made today by Justice Nariman, declaring the complete victory of freedom of speech in India.

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Communications surveillance victims in South Korea fight back

SEOUL 20 March 2015 (Jinbonet for APCNews)

Surveillance is one of the greatest challenges for civil society organisations trying to advance human rights on the internet. In South Korea, victims of communications surveillance have adopted an innovative approach to drawing attention to this issue, by launching a counterattack against state surveillance.

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HRC 28th session: "The violence faced by women human rights defenders has only intensified,” state APC and partners

20 March 2015 (ISHR, APC, AWID and FORUM-ASIA on behalf of the WHRD IC for APCNews)

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 ISHR, APC, AWID and FORUM-ASIA put together on behalf of the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition, focusing on the situation of women human rights defenders in Egypt.

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HRC 28th session: Statement of ISHR, APC, AWID and FORUM-ASIA on behalf of the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition

By ISHR, APC, AWID and FORUM-ASIA on behalf of the WHRD IC (March 2015, APC )

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.

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