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Expert Consultation on Freedom of Expression, Internet Access and Human Rights in Africa: Context, Issues and Challenges

Location: 
Milpark Garden Court Hotel, Cnr. Empire Road and Owl Street, Auckland Park, Johannesburg, South Africa 2073
Date and time: 
Aug 12 2014 - 8:30am - 5:30pm

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.

Public consultation: African declaration for internet rights and freedoms

31 July 2014 (ET for APCNews)

Earlier this year, civil society organisations drafted the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms in order to guide internet development across Africa. APC and partners launched a wide, public consultation online and through meetings across the continent. Everyone is invited to contribute. The consultation closes 4 August. French and Arabic versions are available.

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Fantsuam Foundation participates at 2014 AfIGF

Abuja, Nigeria

The African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF) was held in Abuja, Nigeria on 10-12 July 2014.

End violence: Most significant change story from Kenya

24 July 2014 (International Association of Women in Radio and Television for APCNews)

The APC “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project is changing women’s lives. This week, the project partner in Kenya, IAWRT, shares the stories of women whose organisations were strengthened in a sustainable way to address technology-related violence against women after a training of trainers, and how those learnings impacted on the lives of hundreds of Kenyan women.

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APC and IFLA workshop on public access at the African Internet Governance Forum

8 July 2014 (APCNews)

Later this week at the African Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Nigeria, the APC and International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) will advocate information and communications technologies (ICTs) as a means to access information, build knowledge and foster development. According to the latest figures from the International Telecommunications Union, 40% of the world’s population is using the internet, compared to 20% of the population in Africa. The workshop at the African IGF will explore concrete ways to increase public access such as through libraries and educational institutions, as a means to advance the UN’s post-2015 development agenda. Follow the discussion: #public access #post2015

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UPDATE: APC condemns arbitrary detention of women human rights defenders in Egypt

MONTREAL 25 June 2014 (APCNews)

APC denounces the arrests of 23 protestors and human rights defenders in Egypt, including the arrest of Yara Sallam, long-time APC partner and human rights advocate. Since the introduction of the protest law in November, there have been a string of actions aimed at silencing dissent in Egypt. APC fully supports the call from Nazra for Feminist Studies to release the human rights defenders and comply with international standards on freedom of assembly.

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APC condemns arbitrary detention of women human rights defenders in Egypt

By Association for Progressive Communication (June 2014, APC )

APC denounces the arrests of 23 protestors and human rights defenders in Egypt, including the arrest of Yara Sallam, long-time APC partner and human rights advocate. Since the introduction of the protest law in November, there have been a string of actions aimed at silencing dissent in Egypt. APC fully supports the call from Nazra for Feminist Studies to release the human rights defenders and comply with international standards on freedom of assembly.

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Arbitrary detention of women human rights defenders

24 June 2014 (Nazra for Feminist Studies)

On 21 June 2014, eight women human rights defenders were arrested for protesting peacefully against the Protest and Public Assembly Law in Heliopolis, Cairo, after being dispersed by the police using tear gas and bird shots. One detainee, Yara Sallam, is a long time APC partner.

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UPDATE: APC members support statement to release APC partner Alaa Abd El Fattah

MONTREAL 23 June 2014 (APCNews)

APC strongly condemns the conviction of Egyptian activist and APC partner Alaa Abd El Fattah, sentenced on 11 June 2014 to 15 years in prison for organising a protest. He was convicted in absentia, along with 24 other protestors. We call on the Egyptian government to release the prisoners and repeal the draconian protest law introduced in November 2013. We call on the APC community to join the campaign to #FreeAlaa.

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APC condemns conviction of Egyptian activist and APC partner Alaa Abd El Fattah

By APC (June 2014, Association for Progressive Communications (APC) )

APC strongly condemns the conviction of Egyptian activist and APC partner Alaa Abd El Fattah, sentenced on June 11, 2014 to 15 years in prison for organizing a protest. He was convicted in absentia, along with 24 other protestors. Alaa Abd El Fattah is a close partner of the APC network. We call on the Egyptian government to release the prisoners and repeal the draconian protest law introduced in November 2013. We call on the APC community to join the campaign to #FreeAlaa.

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