Asia/Pacific

WHRDIC urges Chinese authorities to release five young feminists

10 April 2015 (WHRDIC for APCNews)

The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRDIC) calls on Wang Xiaohong, the Director of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau, Chairman Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang to immediately and unconditionally ensure the release the five young women human rights defenders who were criminally detained in China after they planned events to protest sexual harassment on International Women’s Day.

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WHRDIC urges Chinese authorities to release five young feminists

By WHRDIC (April 2015, APC )

The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRDIC) calls on Wang Xiaohong, the Director of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau, Chairman Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang to immediately and unconditionally ensure the release of the five young women human rights defenders who were criminally detained in China after they planned events to protest sexual harassment on International Women’s Day.

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EMPOWER: Malaysia's Sedition Act amendments a betrayal of democratic process

KUALA LUMPUR 10 April 2015 (Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER))

Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) is outraged and disappointed by the manner in which amendments to the Sedition Act 1948 and the Prevention of Terrorism Act were rushed through Parliament.

RightsCon Southeast Asia: Impacts and next steps

Philippines

Here’s sending out a big thanks to the 650 people who attended RightsCon Southeast Asia from the high caliber participants and speakers, to the stellar programming and advisory committees, to the wide array of “sponsors”:https://rightscon.org/sponsors.

“Because of the internet, I have been able to help women in Pakistan,” says blogger

Pakistan

As 2015 sees the developing world having stronger access to the internet than the developed nations, it is especially troubling that the gender gap is wider in the developing countries.

Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF): A victory for freedom of expression

India

Court Judgment on 66 A: A victory for freedom of expression

“Freedom of expression can be defined in three aspects: Discussion, Advocacy and Incitement.” This historic statement was made today by Justice Nariman, declaring the complete victory of freedom of speech in India.

Storify on RightsCon Southeast Asia: Protecting the open internet and defending the digital rights of its users

RightsCon Southeast Asia happening 24-25 March in Manila, Philippines

PERGAMINO 20 March 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

Civil society organisations, engineers, activists, lawyers, companies and governments will join together to address the subject of the internet and human rights in this rapidly evolving region, in an effort to protect the open internet and defend the digital rights of its users.

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Communications surveillance victims in South Korea fight back

SEOUL 20 March 2015 (Jinbonet for APCNews)

Surveillance is one of the greatest challenges for civil society organisations trying to advance human rights on the internet. In South Korea, victims of communications surveillance have adopted an innovative approach to drawing attention to this issue, by launching a counterattack against state surveillance.

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