Human Rights Council
The 27th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC27) will take place in Geneva from 8-26 September 2014. APC will be attending the session to focus on internet rights and will be supporting a group of sexual rights activists who will be attending the Council for the first time. This briefing note highlights the key internet rights related issues in the Council’s agenda for this session as well as countries under scrutiny in the Univeral Periodic Review (UPR).
Expert Consultation on Freedom of Expression, Internet Access and Human Rights in Africa: Context, Issues and Challenges
In 2011, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, presented recommendations for governments in the area of access to internet and freedom of expression.
A new UN report discussed in Geneva on 25 June 2014, cites the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Bytes for All (B4A), Pakistan as leaders in working to protect freedom of expression online, strengthen the digital security of human rights defenders and end gender-based violence online.
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Connecting Our Rights at IGF2013: Women and sexual rights defenders leading progress on equitable, inclusive internet policy
The human rights of women and sexual minorities are being increasingly impacted by the internet, not only through violence and discrimination, but through policies and legislation that do not recognise their specific contexts, concerns and capacities.
This was a key message coming out of the workshop hosted by APC’s CIPP and WRP, ‘Connecting Our Rights: Strategies for Progress’.
Last Friday the 24th session of the UN Human Rights Council came to a close in Geneva.
“The same rights that people have offline must also be protected online,” says an unprecedented resolution approved recently by the Human Rights Council.
APC has put out a statement strongly endorsing the proposal of the Swedish Government for an expert panel on freedom of expression at the United Nations. We invite you to endorse the statement.