Human Rights Council

Human rights online at the Human Rights Council 44th session
Human rights online at the Human Rights Council 44th session 29 June 2020 APC

APC’s priorities at this HRC session include the implications of COVID-19 for human rights online, the impact of digital technologies on freedom of assembly and association online, racial discrimination and inequality and new information technologies, and online gender-based violence.

Open letter/position paper on the General Assembly’s consideration on the question of the status of the Human Rights Council
Open letter/position paper on the General Assembly’s consideration on the question of the status of the Human Rights Council 08 April 2021 APC and others

In 2011, the UN General Assembly resolved to maintain the status of the Human Rights Council as a subsidiary body and to consider the question again 10 to 15 years later. Our organisations wish to express their position regarding the expected consideration of this question between 2021 and 2026.

Human Rights Council to select a new Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy
Human Rights Council to select a new Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy 25 March 2021 APC

As well as requirements such as commitment to the universal application of human rights, relevant experience, competence, independence and personal integrity, any individual considered for this mandate should also be well positioned to address the gendered dimensions of privacy.

Disinformation and freedom of expression: Submission in response to the call by the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression
Disinformation and freedom of expression: Submission in response to the call by the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression 25 February 2021 APC

APC welcomes the call of the Special Rapporteur to reflect on the impacts of disinformation on the issues pertaining to her mandate and appreciates the opportunity to provide input for the annual thematic report to be presented to the Human Rights Council at its 47th session in June 2021.

APC welcomes Fabrizio Hochschild’s appointment as the UN Secretary General's Envoy on Technology
APC welcomes Fabrizio Hochschild’s appointment as the UN Secretary General's Envoy on Technology 25 January 2021 APC

APC congratulates and welcomes Fabrizio Hochschild to his new role as United Nations Envoy on Technology. APC sees the Tech Envoy role as crucial to promoting improved coordination and synergy among different spaces and processes concerning internet governance and global digital cooperation.

To protect privacy in the digital age, world governments can and must do more
To protect privacy in the digital age, world governments can and must do more 25 January 2021 APC, Access Now and ARTICLE 19

A new resolution on privacy in the digital age adopted at the UN General Assembly reaffirms the fundamental importance of the right to privacy and renews international commitment to ending all abuses and violations of this vital right worldwide.

APC policy explainer: A human rights-based approach to cybersecurity
APC policy explainer: A human rights-based approach to cybersecurity 18 November 2020 APC

A human rights-based approach to cybersecurity means putting people at the centre and ensuring that there is trust and security in networks and devices that reinforce, rather than threaten, human security. APC explains why, where and how we work on this issue.

APC policy explainer: Platform responsibility and accountability
APC policy explainer: Platform responsibility and accountability 01 November 2020 APC

Companies should use international human rights law as the authoritative global standard for ensuring freedom of expression and other rights on their platforms, not the varying laws of states or their own private interests. In this document, APC explains why, where and how we work on this issue.

HRC45: Civil society presents key takeaways from Human Rights Council
HRC45: Civil society presents key takeaways from Human Rights Council 08 October 2020 Various

Fourteen organisations share reflections on the outcomes of the 45th session of the UN Human Rights Council, as well as the missed opportunities to address key issues such as deadly migration routes at EU and US borders and the human rights situations in Algeria, Bolivia, China, Egypt and India.

Rights: What did we achieve from 2016 to 2019?
Rights: What did we achieve from 2016 to 2019? 29 September 2020

From 2016 to 2019, we worked for human rights norms and standards to integrate gender and development, and to be respected and promoted in internet and ICT policy, governance, development and practice. How far did we get? Check it out!

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