human rights

Business and digital rights: Taking stock of the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights in the ICT sector

By David Sullivan (June 2016, APC )

This issue paper takes stock of the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in the ICT sector, using their three pillars – the state responsibility to protect human rights, the corporate responsibility to respect rights, and the need for access to effective remedy when rights have been violated – to explore key issues, implementation gaps, and emerging best practices for technology companies.

A complete analysis of the impact of ICT companies on all human rights is beyond the scope of this paper, which focuses on some of the most salient rights impacted by companies, looking at both civil and political rights as well as economic, social and cultural rights. By taking stock of progress made thus far and implementation gaps, this report concludes with recommendations intended to provide a roadmap to move ICT sector risks and opportunities to the centre of the business and human rights debate.

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Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 32nd session

GENEVA 12 June 2016 (Deborah Brown (APC); Deniz Duru Aydin and Peter Micek (Access Now))

The 32nd session of the Human Rights Council is taking place from 13 June to 1 July in Geneva. Internet rights will be discussed coinciding with the tenth anniversary of the Council.

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What is the state of digital security and digital rights advocacy in the Middle East and North Africa?

24 May 2016 (APC)

During the “Arab Spring” of 2011, the internet was a space for mobilisation. Despite the increasing sophistication of persecution, the efforts to defend human rights, both online and offline, have not ceased.

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Digital safety in context: Perspectives on digital security training and human rights realities in the Arab world

20 May 2016 (APC)

During 2011, in the period dubbed the “Arab Spring”, the internet was a space for mobilisation. Since then, it has also become a space for oppression of activism and dissent. This research aims to highlight the links between the efforts of digital security trainings in the region with the human rights realities, focusing on two case studies: Morocco and Palestine.

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Cultural rights and the internet in Brazil. Presentation at 157th session at Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

By APC, Article 19, Public Knowledge (April 2016, APC )
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Suggestions for right to privacy-related questions to be included in the list of issues on South Africa, Human Rights Committee

By Privacy International, Right2Know, and the Association for Progressive Communications (April 2015, APC )

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Submission in advance of the consideration of the periodic report of South Africa, Human Rights Committee

By Privacy International, Right2Know, and the Association for Progressive Communications (March 2016, APC )

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Violations of freedom of expression in the name of religion increasingly taking place online, impacting women and sexual minorities

17 February 2016 (APC and Bytes for All, Pakistan)

Violations of freedom of expression in the name of religion, are increasingly taking place online, and disproportionally impact women and sexual minorities.

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Joint written statement to the UN Human Rights Council on the impact of religion on freedom of expression and women's rights online

By APC and Byes for All, Pakistan (February 2016, APC )

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