Internet rights are human rights

Notes on the 50th session of the Human Rights Council
Notes on the 50th session of the Human Rights Council 14 July 2022 Verónica Ferrari and Paula Martins

APC considers the Human Rights Council (HRC) as a key mechanism for advancing human rights online. This overview includes some highlights of key outcomes and of APC’s engagement at the recently concluded 50th session of the HRC.

Universal Periodic Review 41st session – Indonesia: Freedom of expression, freedom of religion and belief, and digital rights
Universal Periodic Review 41st session – Indonesia: Freedom of expression, freedom of religion and belief, and digital rights 11 July 2022 APC, EngageMedia and SAFEnet

This joint civil society submission focuses particularly on digital rights including freedom of expression, the protection of human rights defenders (HRDs), including women human rights defenders, violence against women and misinformation.

Hold the Line Coalition demands immediate decriminalisation of libel in the Philippines as Maria Ressa faces extended jail sentence
Hold the Line Coalition demands immediate decriminalisation of libel in the Philippines as Maria Ressa faces extended jail sentence 08 July 2022 Hold the Line Coalition

APC and other members of the Hold the Line Coalition condemn the Philippine Court of Appeals decision to uphold the conviction of Nobel Laureate Maria Ressa and former Rappler researcher Rey Santos Jr. on trumped-up charges of cyber libel.

HRC 50: APC calls for greater focus on community-based responses to disinformation
HRC 50: APC calls for greater focus on community-based responses to disinformation 07 July 2022 APC

During the high-level discussion on countering the negative impact of disinformation on the enjoyment of human rights, APC called for efforts to collect and study community-based responses to disinformation and improve the exercise of communication rights and tools by marginalised communities.

HRC 50: Online gender-based violence poses serious threat to media freedom
HRC 50: Online gender-based violence poses serious threat to media freedom 07 July 2022 APC

In its submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, APC stresses that online attacks against women and gender-non-conforming people are one of the most serious contemporary threats to their safety, to media freedom and to gender equality more broadly.

HRC 50: Online gendered attacks against women judges in Tunisia
HRC 50: Online gendered attacks against women judges in Tunisia 06 July 2022 APC

In its submission to the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, APC welcomed the concerns raised regarding defamation campaigns against legal professionals on social media, and highlighted the case of Tunisia, where women judges are the target of online gendered attacks.

Civil society calls on Indian government to withdraw amendments to IT Rules
Civil society calls on Indian government to withdraw amendments to IT Rules 06 July 2022 Various

In this submission, APC and other civil society groups call on the Indian Ministry of Electronics and IT to withdraw the amendments recently proposed to the country's IT Rules and to commence a process of consultation on the proposed amendments.

Inside the Digital Society: Thinking of cybercrime – and listening to victims
Inside the Digital Society: Thinking of cybercrime – and listening to victims 05 July 2022 David Souter

Fraud is now the commonest crime in the UK, and most of it is online. Cybercrime and cybersecurity have become some of the biggest problems in digital policy development, and we need to think broader and listen to victims to be able to respond to them.

Shutdown order against Rappler must be revoked immediately
Shutdown order against Rappler must be revoked immediately 30 June 2022 Hold the Line Coalition

APC and other members of the Hold the Line Coalition condemn the shutdown order against Maria Ressa's Rappler media group, approved by the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission this week.

Civil society organisations reject attempts to silence and criminalise social movements in the context of protests in Ecuador and demand that human rights are respected
Civil society organisations reject attempts to silence and criminalise social movements in the context of protests in Ecuador and demand that human rights are respected 22 June 2022 Various

The undersigned organisations and activists firmly reject the violent repression, arbitrary arrests and use of surveillance technologies to intimidate, harass, persecute and silence defenders of human rights and nature in Ecuador in the context of the protests that started on 13 June 2022.

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