Internet rights are human rights
What can National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) do to uphold and promote internet rights? We extend an invitation to National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) to be part of a worldwide movement that seeks to respect, protect and promote human rights in the digital age.
A number of internet issues will be discussed in reports considered at this session, touching on online hate speech, harassment and persecution of journalists and human rights defenders, and the role of ICTs in facilitating the fulfilment of human rights, among others.
APC and the organisations supporting this joint statement welcome the report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Mr. David Kaye, to be presented at the 35th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC).
As the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition, we express our outrage at the vicious attacks directed against Bondita Acharya, the northeast India regional coordinator of Human Rights Defenders Alert and a member of the Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression network.
The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) expresses its solidarity with civil society in Hungary, who are facing unjustifiable attacks from the government aimed at stigmatising them and undermining their credibility.
APC joined 17 NGOs from across the globe in a legal submission before France’s highest court, raising serious concerns about a ruling of France’s data protection authority on the “right to be forgotten”.
Bytes for All, Pakistan, APC and FORUM-ASIA strongly condemn the gruesome killing of 23-year-old Mashal Khan by a vigilante mob at Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan for purported blasphemy, another case in which the state completely failed in providing protection to its citizens.
Eighteen expert non-governmental organisations from across the world have filed legal submissions before France’s highest court, raising serious concerns about a ruling of France’s data protection authority on the “right to be forgotten”.
APC believes protocols and standards play an integral role in protecting human rights. The internet is a decentralised network that empowers voices from the margins rather than the centre, and its technical standards and protocols reflect its values.
In the oral statement delivered by APC’s Deborah Brown, APC manifested its concerns over reports that the United States government is demanding visitors provide access to their electronic devices as well as passcodes to those devices and online accounts at points of entry.