Landmark HRC resolution condemns threats to women journalists and restrictions on encryption

30 September 2016 (APC for APCNews)

The UN Human Rights Council passed a groundbreaking resolution today concerning the safety of journalists. APC welcomes this landmark resolution, in particular its condemnation of the specific attacks on women journalists, its recognition that encryption and anonymity tools are vital for the work of journalists, and its call on all states to release arbitrarily detained journalists.

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Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 33rd session

GENEVA 13 September 2016 (Deborah Brown (APC) and Peter Micek and Christy Provines (Access Now) for APCNews)

The 33nd session of the Human Rights Council is taking place 12-30 September 2016, and will address the human rights situation in numerous countries where rights violations extend to the online environment. This session will also consider a number of thematic reports that recognise the importance of ICTs for the full realisation of human rights.

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Pakistan's human rights record under scrutiny at the Human Rights Committee

1 September 2016 (APC, Bytes for All, Pakistan and Media Matters for Democracy )

The manner in which the government of Pakistan orchestrated the forceful enactment of the controversial Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act is demonstrative of its blatant disregard for human rights and due process. APC, Bytes for All, Pakistan and Media Matters for Democracy worked on a joint submission to the Human Rights Committee, presenting a detailed picture of the practices that impact internet rights in Pakistan.

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How will candidates advance internet rights at the Human Rights Council?

New York

In an effort to bring a degree of transparency to elections for the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), Amnesty International, the International Service for Human Rights and the Permanent Mission of Panama to the United Nations hosted “an event at UN headquarters”:

HRC resolution on human rights on the internet: What really happened?

The Human Rights Council passed a significant resolution late last month reaffirming the importance of protecting and promoting human rights on the internet.

UNHRC: Resolution reaffirming human rights online adopted

1 July 2016 (APC for APCNews)

APC welcomes the adoption by the Human Rights Council (HRC) of resolution reaffirming the importance of promoting and protecting human rights on the internet. The resolution which was adopted by consensus addresses some of the most pressing challenges to human rights online today.

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APC welcomes Human Rights Council resolution on the internet and human rights

(July 2016, APC )

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States must go beyond ensuring basic access... to empower citizens


Access to information is a fundamental right that needs to be realised in support of economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs) – whether it’s information on life skills, social security grants, science and culture, or access to legal or educational resources. Access to information is also high on the global sustainable development agenda.

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