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Human rights norms and standards integrate gender and development, and are respected and promoted in internet and ICT policy, governance, development and practice. This is a compendium of the highlights from APC's Annual Report for 2018.
APC condemns the prolonged and intentional disruption of communications services in Jammu and Kashmir by the government of India. Communications blackouts often precede other violations of human rights, and given the history of widespread abuse of rights in Kashmir, this is particularly worrying.
HRC41: Statement by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the Women and Media Collective draws attention to the negative impact of the state of emergency on marginalised communities and persons in Sri Lanka.
Oral statement delivered by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the Myanmar ICT for Development Organization (MIDO) regarding the spread of hate speech offline and online in Myanmar.
Among the recommendations made to Cameroon, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights urged the government to improve affordable access to the internet and ensure that any measures seeking to limit internet access comply with international human rights law.
We welcome the passing of the Copyright Amendment Bill by both the National Assembly and the National Council of the Provinces and encourage the president to sign the Bill into law without delay. The Bill is a good reflection of a transformative vision for a more equal and just society.
APC echoes the deep alarm expressed by the Secretary-General at the opening of this session over the shrinking of civic space online. We highlight the disturbing trend of internet shutdowns, which in violation of international law, restrict a range of rights and harm communities.
The #KeepItOn Coalition, made up by more than 180 organisations from over 68 countries, including APC, calls on the Nigerian authorities to keep the internet open during the upcoming elections in the country.
In response to reports that the government has shut down the internet, this joint open letter calls on the ICT minister of Zimbabwe to ensure the stability and openness of the internet.
This paper focuses on the human rights impacts of recent initiatives in three countries (Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania) to “tax” the internet through introducing excise duties on, essentially, internet access and/or use.