Freedom of expression
Association for Progressive Communications (APC) members reflect on the highlights of their work and how membership has supported them.
APC breaks down the major outcomes of the 20th session of the Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review, which focussed on Egypt and Iraq among other countries. APC has followed the UPRs of Egypt and Iraq, particularly for these states’ violations of internet rights such as freedom of expression.
The 27th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC27) will take place in Geneva from 8-26 September 2014. APC will be attending the session to focus on internet rights and will be supporting a group of sexual rights activists who will be attending the Council for the first time. This briefing note highlights the key internet rights related issues in the Council’s agenda for this session as well as countries under scrutiny in the Univeral Periodic Review (UPR).
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.
[img_assist|nid=19633|title=|desc=The Service’s nexus is the trilingual (Macedonian, Albanian and English) website, in addition to its social media presence, which during the year gathered over 10,000 fans and followers.
[img_assist|nid=19631|title=|desc=By supporting migrant workers to take the lead in telling their stories through video, EngageMedia invited audiences to gain a better understanding of their personal experiences, in order to weaken stereotypes and foster a climate of tolerance.
[img_assist|nid=19609|title=|desc=Photo taken in Tunis, the site of Alternatives’ regional training centre.
[img_assist|nid=19579|title=|desc=VOICE has been working to strengthen freedom of expression online with different stakeholders, by building capacity, raising awareness and influencing policy to create an enabling environment for internet users.
Beyond the “invisible work” of network support for the ngo.ro community, the StrawberryNet team has implemented an ICT education project for students aged eight to ten.