Freedom of expression
Ritu Srivastava, from Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) India, participated in the workshop Freedom of Expression Online: Gaps in Policy and Practice at the Internet Governance Forum in Brazil. She writes:
We are no longer living in an offline society.
Internet Governance Forum: The right to protest online
In the digital age, protests are no longer limited to assemblies and gatherings in physical spaces but are increasingly taking place, in whole or in part, online.
We, international human rights, peace and freedom of expression organizations, are gravely concerned about the harassment and prosecution of seven human rights defenders and journalists in Morocco.
Among the most controversial issues that Latin America has faced in 2015 are the arrival of Free Basics (formerly Internet.org) and surveillance on the internet, including the Hacking Team revelations. To present these issues in their context, Derechos Digitales and APC launched a summary of the digital rights arena in the region in 2015 at an Internet Governance Forum pre-event.
Since we launched the Advocacy for Change through Technology (APC IMPACT) project, APC has been working with members and partners in India, Malaysia and Pakistan to protect and promote human rights on the internet. As part of the project, our partners have developed a baseline of research that has already produced three papers.
Bangladesh: bloggers and online activists at risk. Submission to the Human Rights Council 30th session
The Jakarta Recommendations are the outcome of discussions at a regional consultation on Expression, Opinion and Religious Freedoms in Asia, held in Jakarta, Indonesia on 3-5 June 2015. Over 140 people, comprised of experts, including the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, as well as human rights defenders and civil society activists from across Asia, participated in the regional consultation.
This report assesses the state of specific internet-related rights in Malaysia, including freedom of expression, by applying the APC-La Rue Framework.