Freedom of expression

Freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of association and the internet

By Alex Comninos (June 2012, APC )

Demonstrations in the middle-east and student protests in Chile or Quebec have shown that the internet can augment the capacity of citizens to form associations and organise protests. Campaigning through websites, microblogging and other uses of technology help increase the membership and reach of associations, provide powerful ways to organise peaceful assemblies online and on the streets. This issue paper by Alex Comninos sheds a new light on how the internet impacts the exercise of the right to freedom of association and freedom of assembly.

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Internet rights at the 13th session of the Universal Periodic Review: responses and follow-up

27 July 2012 (Shawna for APCNews)

In May 2012, APC supported participation in the 13th session of the UPR by members and networks from Ecuador, India, Brazil, South Africa and the Philippines, following stakeholder report submissions made in late 2011. Several governments expressed interest in internet-related issues, including the right to information, freedom of expression, and cybersecurity.

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Connect Your Rights! New and upcoming challenges

26 July 2012 (Joy Liddicoat for www.derechoshumanoseninternet.org )

In the past months many liberal democracies, such as the USA and the United Kingdom, have adopted repressive measures and made clear attempts to the free and democratic participation of people online. In parallel, activists all around the world are using the internet and social networks to denounce these rights abuses and work together to create more just and efficient legislations.

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Internet rights, open spectrum and online security at the 2012 Allied Media Conference

Winnipeg, Canada

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As governments and non-state actors find ways to restrict access to internet content and wireless connections to serve their own purposes, there is growing support for a human rights based approach to information and communication technology, and particularly the internet.

The UN recognises freedom of expression on the internet as a human right

NEW YORK 6 July 2012 (AL for APCNews)

“The same rights that people have offline must also be protected online,” says an unprecedented resolution approved recently by the Human Rights Council.

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Locking up cyberspace for minorities in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD 6 July 2012 (Bytes for All)

Since 2007, freedom of expression on the internet has been compromised in Pakistan. The authorities started with blocking blasphemous content, went on to national security issues, then religious morality, and they are now targeting online content pertaining to minorities.

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Declaration of internet freedom

NEW YORK 2 July 2012 (Internet Declaration)

A collective that believes the internet should be an open and free space has agreed on some basic principles to start a global conversation: expression, access, openness, innovation and privacy. Join APC in supporting the declaration.

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Three days of action

The Association for Progressive Communications is running three days of action this week – Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – as part of its Connect Your Rights! campaign. Help us spread the word that Internet Rights are Human Rights! with three simple actions for you and your friends can undertake.

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UPR of South Africa: Connecting the right to communication to women's rights

South Africa’s constitution guarantees freedom of expression and has been interpreted to include the right to community media and to creative journalistic content. However, online media and its regulation fall short.

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