Internet rights are human rights

Joint civil society statement on cyber peace and human security
Joint civil society statement on cyber peace and human security 13 October 2021 Various

Technology-facilitated violence must be understood in light of its impact on lives and livelihoods. Human security is at the heart of cyber security and therefore demands human-centric and rights-based approaches to establishing a peaceful ICT environment.

Cross-regional joint statement on reprisals against human rights defenders
Cross-regional joint statement on reprisals against human rights defenders 12 October 2021 Various

The United Kingdom will present a cross-regional joint statement on reprisals at the 76th UN General Assembly. It affirms the commitment to ensuring that all civil society organisations and human rights defenders can engage with the UN without fear of intimidation and reprisal.

Notes on the 48th Session of the Human Rights Council
Notes on the 48th Session of the Human Rights Council 12 October 2021 Paula Martins and Verónica Ferrari

The 48th Session of the Human Rights Council was held from 13 September to 8 October 2021. The HRC remains a key space for APC to raise concerns about threats and challenges to human rights online.

Joint NGO end of session statement for Human Rights Council 48
Joint NGO end of session statement for Human Rights Council 48 12 October 2021 Various

Following the end of the 48th session of the Human Rights Council, 13 NGOs have issued a joint statement welcoming and expressing concern over key resolutions.

Urgent call to action: HRC 48 joint NGO letter on Pegasus
Urgent call to action: HRC 48 joint NGO letter on Pegasus 01 October 2021 Various

APC and other civil  society organisations call on UN Human Rights Council (HRC) member states to take urgent action at the ongoing 48th HRC session to denounce the unfolding and unprecedented scale of human rights violations by states facilitated by the use of the NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware.

Why circularity is needed to make our use of digital devices sustainable
Why circularity is needed to make our use of digital devices sustainable 30 September 2021 APCNews

The first modules of a step-by-step guide that explains the negative impact of digital devices on both people and the planet and how a circular approach to the production, use and disposal of digital devices offers a solution will be launched on 4 October.

Joint letter: An open, interconnected and interoperable internet
Joint letter: An open, interconnected and interoperable internet 14 September 2021 Various

Joint letter, signed by a coalition of civil society and industry stakeholders, raises concerns about the human rights risks of internet fragmentation and setting out principles for an open, interconnected and interoperable internet.

Civil society calls on international actors in Afghanistan to secure digital identity and biometric data immediately
Civil society calls on international actors in Afghanistan to secure digital identity and biometric data immediately 09 September 2021 Various

Aid agencies, humanitarian organisations and other international actors operating within Afghanistan, as well as private sector vendors who supply and service digital identity, are urgently called to safeguard digital identity and biometric databases created in Afghanistan.

India: Spyware use violates Supreme Court privacy ruling
India: Spyware use violates Supreme Court privacy ruling 01 September 2021 Various

Eleven groups, including APC, call on Indian authorities to immediately, independently and credibly investigate the government’s alleged use of advanced spyware to target activists and apparent opponents.

APC policy explainer: Disinformation
APC policy explainer: Disinformation 30 August 2021 APC

APC considers disinformation to be a complex and multifaceted problem that cannot be properly addressed by a fragmented approach. It is also a multistakeholder challenge that requires dialogue between different sectors. In this document, APC explains why, where and how we work on this issue.

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