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Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 33rd session

GENEVA 13 September 2016 (Deborah Brown (APC) and Peter Micek and Christy Provines (Access Now) for APCNews)

The 33nd session of the Human Rights Council is taking place 12-30 September 2016, and will address the human rights situation in numerous countries where rights violations extend to the online environment. This session will also consider a number of thematic reports that recognise the importance of ICTs for the full realisation of human rights.

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How regional engagement can benefit a human rights defender

Kuala Lumpur

Participants at AprIGF 2016. Source: AprIGF 2016 websiteParticipants at AprIGF 2016. Source: AprIGF 2016 website

Early last year, I disclosed to a small group of people at work how unstimulated I have become. One of the terrifying words I had used at a group coaching session was “blasé”.

APC condemns the affront to democracy in Brazil

5 September 2016 (APC)

APC firmly condemns the decision of the Brazilian Senate to dismiss President Dilma Rousseff. We are deeply concerned about the implications this will have for the possibility to reinforce the use of the internet as a platform for public deliberation and debate, accountability, and dissent, and for the realisation of human rights.

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APC condemns the affront to democracy in Brazil

By APC (September 2016, APC )

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Pakistan's human rights record under scrutiny at the Human Rights Committee

1 September 2016 (APC, Bytes for All, Pakistan and Media Matters for Democracy )

The manner in which the government of Pakistan orchestrated the forceful enactment of the controversial Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act is demonstrative of its blatant disregard for human rights and due process. APC, Bytes for All, Pakistan and Media Matters for Democracy worked on a joint submission to the Human Rights Committee, presenting a detailed picture of the practices that impact internet rights in Pakistan.

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APC promotes the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms at Highway Africa

26 August 2016 (APC for APCNews)

Highway Africa, a conference at the centre of Africa’s debates on journalism, media and information and communications technology (ICT), has become the largest annual gathering of African journalists in the world. APC is participating as part of our efforts to promote the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms.

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Inside the Information Society: How the digital divide has changed

London [1 August 2016]

Source: Ministerio TIC Colombia, used under Creative Commons licenseSource: Ministerio TIC Colombia, used under Creative Commons license*_Each week, David Souter comments on an important issue for APC members and others concerned about the Information Society.

How will candidates advance internet rights at the Human Rights Council?

New York

In an effort to bring a degree of transparency to elections for the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), Amnesty International, the International Service for Human Rights and the Permanent Mission of Panama to the United Nations hosted “an event at UN headquarters”:

HRC resolution on human rights on the internet: What really happened?

The Human Rights Council passed a significant resolution late last month reaffirming the importance of protecting and promoting human rights on the internet.

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