Freedom of expression

Comments of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) to the GNSO Privacy and Proxy Service Accreditation Issues WG Initial Report

By APC (July 2015, )

APC has endorsed the Non Commercial Stakeholder Group (NCSG) comments to the Initial Report on the Privacy and Proxy Services published on May 5th and elaborated by the Privacy/Proxy Services Accreditation Services Issues working group (PPSAI WG), which will impact all groups and individuals that value the ability to protect their private information online. APC has also supported a coalition of organisations and individuals from all over the world that highlights the danger of ICANN’s new Domain Registration Proposal.

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HRC29: Freedom of expression and association is deteriorating in Malaysia

GENEVA 18 June 2015 (APCNews)

At the Human Rights Council, Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) delivered a joint statement calling for urgent attention to the deteriorating situation in Malaysia with regards to the rights to freedom of expression and association.

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HRC29: Joint statement by Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) and the Association for Progressive Communications

By EMPOWER (June 2015, APC )

Today at the Human Rights Council, Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) delivered a joint statement calling for urgent attention to the deteriorating situation in Malaysia with regards to the rights to freedom of expression and association.

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Civil society tells the UN Human Rights Council: "Promote strong encryption and anonymity"

GENEVA 17 June 2015 (APC for APCNews)

APC has joined 26 NGOs in welcoming the report of the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression on the use of encryption and anonymity in digital communication, which was presented to the Human Rights Council.

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Joint Civil Society Statement to the Human Rights Council: Promote Strong Encryption and Anonymity in the Digital Age

By APC (June 2015, )

APC has joined 26 NGOs in welcoming the report of UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression on the use of encryption and anonymity in digital communication, which was presented to the Human Rights Council today.

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Interview with Bytes for All Pakistan's Sadaf Baig on expression, opinion and religious freedom in South Asia

JAKARTA 7 June 2015 (Leila Nachawati Rego for APCNews)

“Religion is used throughout the region to gain power and suppress free speech,” Bytes for All Pakistan’s Sadaf Baig said during the Regional Consultation on Expression, Opinion and Religious Freedom in South Asia, which brought together more than 70 human rights defenders, activists and journalists in Jakarta.

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Introducing APC's newest member: Instituto DEMOS in Guatemala

JAKARTA 4 June 2015 (Leila Nachawati Rego for APCNews)

APC has a new organisational member! As the APC network’s global advocacy efforts create and strengthen global connections amongst civil society, our membership grows, too. We spoke with Frank La Rue, president of the governing board of Instituto Centroamericano de Estudios para la Democracia Social (DEMOS).

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Towards a free and secure internet for all

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Indeed, there are many benefits to being online, and yet there are also risks that people experience, especially people from marginalised groups, including women. While freedom of expression is magnified online, the right to privacy can be compromised. As more and more people are getting connected, is it possible to realise a free and secure internet for all?

Fighting against the return of censorship in Tunisia: Women striving for freedom of speech and press

TUNIS 11 May 2015 (Isabelle L'Héritier for APCNouvelles)

After having been held in silence and fear for years, public debate has been flourishing in Tunisia since 2011. Tunisian journalists Sana Sbouai and Lilia Weslaty actively participate in the day-to-day struggle to develop free alternative media. This is their account of the current situation.

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Free Malaysia Today: "Stop harassing activists and human rights defenders"

PETALING JAYA 6 May 2015 (Janarthani Arumugam for Free Malaysia Today )

On April 28, the police arrested Executive Director of EMPOWER Maria Chin Abdullah. Member of the BERSIH 2.0 Mandeep Singh was also brought in for questioning. Both were released on police bail after about an hour. They, along with Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tsin, are the latest targets of a wave of police investigations and arrests following Anwar Ibrahim’s incarceration and the Kita Lawan rallies.

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