Human Rights Council

Human Rights Council
Human Rights Council 04 October 2013

APC participates at the UN Human Rights Council, an intergovernmental body responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe, to raise awareness and build support for internet rights.

Human Rights Council briefing note: 24th Session
Human Rights Council briefing note: 24th Session 04 September 2013 Joy Liddicoat and Deborah Brown

Access and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) have prepared a short briefing on the internet related human rights items that will be addressed at Human Rights Council 24, as well as some background on the Council’s work on the internet and human rights.

Press release: Freedom of expression and hate speech continue to dominate internet rights discourse at UPR
Press release: Freedom of expression and hate speech continue to dominate internet rights discourse at UPR 21 May 2013 Shawna Finnegan

Between 22 April and 3 May 2013, the UN Human Rights Council held the 16th session of its Universal Periodic Review. APC, together with its members and partners, developed submissions for the inclusion of internet-related human rights issues in the recommendations made for the reviews of Azerbaijan, Cameroon, Canada and Colombia.

Internet Rights in Mexico and Nigeria: APC members, partners make recommendations in UPR processes
Internet Rights in Mexico and Nigeria: APC members, partners make recommendations in UPR processes 20 March 2013 Shawna Finnegan

In partnership with members and networks, APC is working to protect and promote human rights online, engaging governments and other relevant stakeholders through a variety of United Nations processes including participating in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

One line that makes an internet freedom fighter's day
One line that makes an internet freedom fighter's day 18 October 2012 FD

It’s short, but it matters. In no more words than a Twitter message, Brazil made many internet rights activists happy in September. It’s worth revisiting this message and putting in context.

Must read: The internet, human rights and the UPR
Must read: The internet, human rights and the UPR 22 May 2012 Joy Liddicoat

This must-read Q&A is a great resource on how the internet and human rights are related. This short catch-all article summarises the “why” behind APC’s efforts to have the internet recognised as a very powerful enabler of human rights. It’s the one article you should read to dig into what’s happening at the UN in Geneva this week.

Women's human rights online & the Universal Periodic Review
Women's human rights online & the Universal Periodic Review 10 May 2012

<p>In the edition, GenderIT.org ask three women human rights defendersi and co-authors of the country reports for Brazil, Ecuador, and the Philippines about the importance of the <span class="caps">UPR</span> for the rights and daily lives of women, the trends in exercising women’s and sexual rightsi online, and their tips on how women’s and sexual rights activis...

Women's human rights online & the Universal Periodic Review
Women's human rights online & the Universal Periodic Review 17 April 2012

From May 21 to June 4 2012, the second cycle of the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) will begin at the UN in Geneva. The UPR is a mechanism for states to tell other countries what they have achieved in promoting human rights – but also for non-state actors to raise issues of concern. Read this special edition of GenderIT.org to learn more about the current discussions ...

The HRC expert panel on freedom of expression - How you can help
The HRC expert panel on freedom of expression - How you can help 01 March 2012

With the success of the recent expert panel on freedom of expression and the internet, now is the time to push for governments and international human rights organisations to commit to take concrete actions to promote and protect freedom of expression online.

The Human Rights Council panel on freedom of expression and the internet
The Human Rights Council panel on freedom of expression and the internet 25 February 2012

On Wednesday February 29th 12:00-15:00 CET (11:00-14:00 UTC), the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) will convene an expert panel in Geneva to discuss the issue of freedom of expression on the internet. This will be the first time human rights on the internet has been specifically addressed by the HRC.  

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