Asia/Pacific

Azerbaijan: Prominent blogger, journalist and human rights defenders arrested

BAKU 30 January 2013 (Human Rights House)

Just months after the Internet Governance Forum, hundreds of people have demonstrated in Azerbaijan’s capital to express solidarity with recent protests in the central town of Ismayilli and denounce heavy police brutality. Some 40 participants were detained, including prominent blogger Emin Milli, investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova and human rights defenders.

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Instead of Cybercrime provisions, Gabriela pushes for revised law on violence against women

28 January 2013 (Jul Mar Esteban for Philippine Collegian)

Representatives of women’s party-list group Gabriela are pushing for amendments to the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Act as an alternative to the Anti-Cybercrime Law’s provisions on “cyber” violence against women in Philippines.

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Recognition of connections between gender-based violence, poverty, and development

Cambodia

Ms. Chim Manavy, Executive Director of the Open Institute spoke about gender-based violence (GBV) and how there is a strong connection between violence against women (VAW), poverty and development.

Ushahidi: an important tool to keep track of gender based violence incidence

16 January 2013 (Open Institute)

Four training sessions on the use of Ushahidi and collecting data on gender-based violence took place on December 2012 under the Spider project lead by APC member in Cambodia Open Institute. The training was attended by 108 commune/sangkat councilors and members of commune/sangkat committees in charge of women and children from different Cambodian provinces.

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Irfan Ali Khudi: An irreplaceable voice of activism silenced

14 January 2013 (Bytes for All)

Bytes for All, Pakistan is mourning the devastating loss of Irfan Ali Khudi, a renowned and brave human rights defender from Quetta, Balochistan. Irfan Ali lost his life in a blast last evening during a series of suicide attacks at Rehmat Chowk, Alamdar Road, Quetta.

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Media anchoring positive protests against sexual assault in India

New Delhi, India

Protests in New Delhi, December 22nd and 23rd, 2012Protests in New Delhi, December 22nd and 23rd, 2012Slogans like ‘Don’t stop your daughter from going out.

A woman’s applause for social media

Pakistan

‘You need to put your story out there’, she said. And I wondered why.

After a harassment incident at the workplace that pressured me to resign, this was the advice my friend gave me. She urged me to write about it and hand it over to the social media.

With my cynicism with being social, and my disbelief for our media, I was skeptical.

Hey cats: what’s up with digital rights in the Trans Pacific Partnership?

Auckland

Last week, the Electronic Frontier Foundation hosted a Digital Rights Camp in Auckland, new Zealand in a prelude to the TPP negotiations this week. With participants from more than 8 of the countries involved in the TPP negotiations, the meeting was roaring success. Not only that.

Where is South Asian participation @IGF2012?

New Delhi, India

Think-tanks, technologist, policy advocators, government stakeholders, civil society groups, human rights evangelist and individuals across all sectors of internet arena joined, collaborated and participated together to discuss, debate and express their views collaboratively at the international forum, 7th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) held last week at Baku, Azerbaijan from 6-9 November, 2012.

For a feminist view on the IGF

BAKU 12 November 2012 (GenderIT.org)

The 7th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) just drew to a close. Many views and analyses were published, most of them adopting a technical point of view. If you are interested in a slightly different take on the world’s most important internet governance encounter, consider reading up on GenderIT.org’s reports on gender peripheries of the IGF

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