Freedom of expression
In a letter signed by several organisations to President Yahya Jammeh, they urgently request the stability and openness of the internet to be ensured during the forthcoming elections in Gambia on December 1, after receiving unconfirmed reports through a variety of sources that the government of Gambia intends to shut down the internet. We implore you to keep the internet on.
APC welcomes ACHPR Resolution on the Right to Freedom of Information and Expression on the Internet in Africa
APC welcomes the Resolution on the Right to Freedom of Expression on the Internet in Africa adopted by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Banjul on 4 November 2016. The resolution comes at a crucial moment, with the region witnessing regular internet shutdowns which impact directly on freedom of expression, in countries such as Gabon and Ethiopia.
APC calls on the authorities to immediately release all the detainees in relation to the Bersih rally and to protect the exercise of their constitutional and internationally guaranteed rights, including the right to protest, and urges the government of Malaysia to refrain from cracking down on peaceful assembly and refrain from creating hurdles in their mobilisation, including through the use of ICTs.
Since July 2016, Kashmir has seen one of the longest, largest and most unified movements against human rights violations by the military, along with demands for demilitarisation and autonomy for the region.
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The UN Human Rights Council passed a groundbreaking resolution today concerning the safety of journalists. APC welcomes this landmark resolution, in particular its condemnation of the specific attacks on women journalists, its recognition that encryption and anonymity tools are vital for the work of journalists, and its call on all states to release arbitrarily detained journalists.
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, one addressed a topic very relevant to internet policy and regulation: how to protect and promote human rights while preventing and countering violent extremism.