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Nigeria and the UPR: Human rights on the internet

LAGOS

The final adoption of recommendations made to Nigeria at the Universal Periodic Review took place on the 20th of March 2014 (video available here). Nigeria, a member state of the UN, was previously reviewed at the 17th session of the UPR in October 2013.

Turkey violates human rights by banning Twitter

NEW YORK 21 March 2014 (APCNews)

APC expresses concern over the Turkish government’s decision to block access to Twitter in the country. We are particularly concerned in the light of Turkey being the host country of the 2014 Internet Governance Forum, a space that strives for a democratic and inclusive internet.

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Turkey violates human rights by banning Twitter

(March 2014, APC )

APC urges the Turkish government to respect international human rights standards and to immediately cease blocking, filtering and censorship of content and expression online.

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NGOs disappointed by weak promises on human rights in Malaysia

GENEVA 20 March 2014 (COMANGO)

The UN Human Rights Council officially adopted the outcome report on Malaysia’s second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) today. “It is disappointing that while Malaysia received the most recommendations regarding the abolition of the death penalty, all such recommendations were rejected,” said a coalition of Malaysian NGOs in a statement supported by APC.

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Online freedoms absent and sexual rights rejected in Nigeria's Universal Periodic Review

20 March 2014
LAGOS 20 March 2014 () -

Civil society groups spoke out today at the Human Rights Council 25th session in Geneva as Nigeria rejects recommendations to ensure the universality of human rights as part of its Universal Periodic Review.

Human Rights Council 25: Oral statement on Nigeria

By APC, Development Dynamics, PEN Nigeria, Fantsuam Foundation, CIVICUS (March 2014, )
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2014 ASEAN Civil Society Conference to address freedom of expression and women's human rights online

PERGAMINO 20 March 2014 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

The ASEA People’s Forum is holding its first ICTs related workshop co-organised by APC, EROTICS Indonesia, Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau, Inc, Myanmar ICT Development organization, and the Foundation for Media Alternatives. It will take place on 22 March in Myanmar, and will address issues such as freedom of expression, privacy, and women’s human rights in evolving digital information societies.

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Online freedoms absent and sexual rights rejected in Nigeria's Universal Periodic Review

ABUJA 20 March 2014 (Maureen Nwobodo and Shawna Finnegan for APCNews)

Civil society groups spoke out today at the Human Rights Council 25th session in Geneva as Nigeria rejects recommendations to ensure the universality of human rights as part of its Universal Periodic Review.

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APC member FMA continues to fight for internet freedom despite passage of "Cyber Martial Law"

QUEZON CITY 11 March 2014 (Foundation for Media Alternatives for APCNews)

The Foundation for Media Alternatives is dismayed by the Philippine Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the constitutionality of the majority of provisions in a cyber crime law that the organisation views as oppressive, susceptible to abuse, and against the fundamental liberties guaranteed by the constitution.

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Human Rights Council 25: Oral statement on whistleblowers

By APC, Reporters Without Borders, Access, Article 19, EFF, Privacy International (March 2014, )
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