Africa

CIPESA: "The African Declaration is key to reach a common understanding of online rights policy"

15 March 2016 (APC for APCNews)

“A fundamental challenge in the digital age is how to protect human rights and freedoms on the Internet, and the African continent is no exception.” To know more about the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms, APC has talked to CIPESA, an organisation that works in promoting effective and inclusive ICTs in Africa.

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

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

Privacy International, Right2Know, and the Association for Progressive Communications have on-going concerns on the practices of surveillance by South African intelligence and law enforcement agencies. In this submission, the organisations provide the Committee with additional, up to date information to that contained in the briefing submitted to the Committee in April 2015.

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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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Rights groups respond to internet shutdown in Uganda during national elections

24 February 2016 (Access Now, et al. for APCNews)

On the morning of national elections, 18 February, Ugandan internet users were blocked from using Twitter, Facebook, and other communications platforms until three days later. Kampala-based APC member CIPESA along with Access Now and other civil society groups around the world called for renewed respect for human rights in the wake of this violation.

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Joint letter on internet shutdown in Uganda

By Access Now, et al. (February 2016, )

On the morning of national elections, February 18, Ugandan internet users were blocked from using Twitter, Facebook, and other communications platforms. The shutdown remained in place until the afternoon of Sunday, February 21. Kampala-based APC member CIPESA along with Access Now and other civil society groups around the world called for renewed respect for human rights in the wake of this violation.

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Exploring technology-related violence against women in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya

21 January 2016 (GenderIT.org)

The DRC and Kenya are in focus in a series of country editions sharing the findings of the “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online“ research.

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Open letter to the Nigerian Senate on the Frivolous Petitions Prohibition Bill (aka “Social Media” Bill)

(December 2015, APC )

We are a coalition of Nigerian, African, and international organisations writing to you about the proposed Frivolous Petitions (Prohibitions, etc) Bill that has provisions for social media regulation.

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South Africa Cybercrimes Bill will be impossible to implement without violating rights

2 December 2015 (APC for APCNews)

Cyber security is essential for the exercise of both online and offline rights, as it is key to privacy and the protection of personal data. At APC we understand the need for a cyber crime and cyber security bill to make South Africa a safer place online. However, we suggest, along with many experts from different backgrounds, that the Bill be rejected in its current form.

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Alex Comninos' Preliminary Comments on the South Africa Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill

By Alex Comminos (December 2015, APC )

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