Human Rights Council

HRC47: Joint oral statement on internet shutdowns in the context of protests
HRC47: Joint oral statement on internet shutdowns in the context of protests 01 July 2021 ARTICLE 19, Access Now and APC

In recognition of the 250 organisations in the #KeepItOn Coalition against internet shutdowns, we urge all states to immediately and unconditionally cease shutting down, throttling, or blocking the internet.

HRC47: APC oral statement on gendered disinformation
HRC47: APC oral statement on gendered disinformation 28 June 2021 APC

APC welcomes the report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, in particular its recognition of gendered disinformation online and the recommendation to states and companies to confront it, as well as to give special attention to its consequences in the offline world.

HRC47: Joint oral statement on Colombia
HRC47: Joint oral statement on Colombia 28 June 2021 Various

Karisma, FLIP, ILEX, CEJIL, IFEX, Derechos Digitales and APC urge the Human Rights Council to call on the Colombian state to guarantee, respect and protect the exercise of human rights online and offline in the country.

Human rights online at the Human Rights Council 47th session
Human rights online at the Human Rights Council 47th session 21 June 2021 Paula Martins and Veronica Ferrari

The HRC will hold its 47th session in Geneva from 21 June to 13 July. APC considers the HRC sessions an important opportunity to influence the formulation of international standards on human rights online and to raise awareness regarding violations of human rights online in specific countries.

Gender justice and the right to freedom of opinion and expression
Gender justice and the right to freedom of opinion and expression 18 June 2021 APC

In this response to the call by the Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression for contributions to the thematic report to be presented to the 76th session of the UN General Assembly, APC addresses the issue of gender justice and its intersection with these rights from a feminist lens.

Dramatic increase in digital rights violations of Palestinians in May 2021: Written statement submitted ahead of HRC 47
Dramatic increase in digital rights violations of Palestinians in May 2021: Written statement submitted ahead of HRC 47 14 June 2021 APC

This statement was submitted ahead of the Human Rights Council 47th session to express grave concern over digital rights violations against Palestinians during the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, Palestinians in mixed cities in Israel and forcible displacement of Palestinians in East Jerusalem.

Civil society organisations submit recommendations for upcoming Human Rights Council elections
Civil society organisations submit recommendations for upcoming Human Rights Council elections 27 May 2021 Various

APC is joining a group of organisations in sending letters to regional groups of states at the UN concerning the elections at the Human Rights Council, containing civil society recommendations for ensuring a competitive process and minimum standards for states that want to be elected to the HRC.

Summary of the joint stakeholder report to the UPR 38th session on online gender-based violence and access to justice in Paraguay
Summary of the joint stakeholder report to the UPR 38th session on online gender-based violence and access to justice in Paraguay 04 May 2021 TEDIC and APC

The joint report presented to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group ahead of its 38th session by TEDIC and APC consists of information around three specific areas related to online gender-based violence and access to justice in Paraguay. A synthesis of each of them is offered here.

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.

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