Freedom of expression

UN Special Rapporteur breaks new ground

Frank La Rue — the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression — is presenting his annual report at the Human Rights Council’s 17th session in Geneva.

The report, available here, breaks ground in a number of important areas.

Internet Rights are Human Rights, says APC at Human Rights Council

GENEVA 25 May 2011 (APC for APCNews)

APC calls on the Human Rights Council to treat freedom of expression online as a human rights issue.

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Pakistan faces ban on social media

RFI, Paris, France
Pakistan faces ban on social media
24 May 2011

The Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court has ruled in favour of a petition to ban several
social networking websites including Facebook Yahoo, MSN and Wikipedia. The ruling released on 13 May 13 found that Facebook and other websites were in violation of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, and should be banned. Clea Caulcutt of RFI interviews APC’s Grady Johnson to find out more.

Human Rights Council: Take action!

GENEVA 23 May 2011 (APC)

On Friday 3 June 2011, the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, Frank La Rue, will present his annual report to the Human Rights Council. This year the report will focus on the internet. Learn how you can support your country’s involvement in the defense of hunan rights on the internet.

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New report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue

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This report, which focuses on FoE on the internet, will also be presented at APC’s side event to the Human Rights Council, on June 3.

Summary:

This report explores key trends and challenges to the right of all individuals to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds through the Internet.

Internet rights are human rights, claims APC before the Human Rights Council

By APC (May 2011, APC )

APC calls on the Human Rights Council to treat freedom of expression online as a human rights issue.

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APC event at the UN Human Rights Council: Watch the video

MONTEVIDEO 19 May 2011 (APC for APCNews)

As part of APC’s Connect your rights! Internet Rights are Human Rights campaign, APC is co-hosted a side-event at the Human Rights Council’s seventeenth session in Geneva on 3 June.

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BREAKING NEWS: Social networking sites face ban in Pakistan

MONTEVIDEO 19 May 2011 (APC)

A new ruling by the Lahore High Court may result in a total ban of social media in Pakistan reports APC. Critics condemn the ban as unnecessary, unjust and ultimately counterproductive.

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