Freedom of expression

Joint letter on keeping the internet open and secure in Hong Kong
Joint letter on keeping the internet open and secure in Hong Kong 05 September 2019 Various

Re: Threats of internet shutdowns and disruption of online communications in Hong Kong Honorable Chief Executive Carrie Lam; Honorable Members of the Executive Council of Hong Kong, We are writing to urgently request that you ensure the stability and openness of the internet in Hong Kong. We have received reports that your government intends to censor, disrupt, and block social media and other communication platforms and shut down the internet. On the 27th of August, news media reported that ...

APC statement against communications shutdown in Jammu and Kashmir
APC statement against communications shutdown in Jammu and Kashmir 14 August 2019 APC

The Association for Progressive Communications condemns the prolonged and intentional disruption of communications services in Jammu and Kashmir by the government of India. It is particularly critical that stable communications infrastructure and services are maintained during times of conflict and key democratic moments such as when significant changes are made to the status of a region and the rights of the people living there. Communications blackouts often enable other violations of human...

Making a feminist internet: Movement building in a digital age in Africa
Making a feminist internet: Movement building in a digital age in Africa 12 August 2019

Online spaces and digital technologies have emerged as a critical and influential site for feminist activism and organising in Africa. From trending hashtags such as #BringBackOurGirls in Nigeria and #TotalShutdown in South Africa, to WhatsApp and Signal groups in countries across the region where feminists, activists and LGBTIQ people gather to share, plan and commune, digital technologies hav...

APC at APrIGF: Highlighting the importance of a human rights-based approach to internet governance
APC at APrIGF: Highlighting the importance of a human rights-based approach to internet governance 07 August 2019 APCNews

The Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF) serves as a multistakeholder platform for discussion, exchange and collaboration around internet governance issues at the regional level. At the 10th annual APrIGF, held on 16-19 July 2019 in Vladivostok, Russia, APC and its members played a key role, organising, moderating and speaking at a range of plenary sessions and workshops thr...

Coconet II: Strengthening the digital rights community and movement in Southeast Asia
Coconet II: Strengthening the digital rights community and movement in Southeast Asia 02 August 2019

Coconet (short for Connecting Communities and Networks) is a platform for digital rights movement building in Southeast Asia. From 20-26 October 2019, up to 120 filmmakers, researchers, journalists, human rights advocates and technologists from across Asia will gather in the Philippines for Coconet II, a digital rights camp. Organised by EngageMedia, the Association for Progressive Communicatio...

Submission to South African Law Reform Commission Discussion Paper 149 on Sexual Offences: Pornography and Children
Submission to South African Law Reform Commission Discussion Paper 149 on Sexual Offences: Pornography and Children 30 July 2019 APC and Research ICT Africa

Research ICT Africa (RIA) and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) welcome this opportunity to jointly submit written comments on the South African Law Reform Commission (SALRC) Discussion Paper 149 on Sexual Offences: Pornography and Children, published in April 2019. The Discussion Paper solicits views and comments on proposed amendments to the legislative framework that curre...

Bread&Net 2019: Advancing human rights in digitally networked spaces in the Middle East and North Africa
Bread&Net 2019: Advancing human rights in digitally networked spaces in the Middle East and North Africa 22 July 2019

Bread&Net is a three-day “unconference” organised by APC network member Social Media Exchange (SMEX), where activists, technologists, lawyers, artists, trainers, journalists, researchers, entrepreneurs and others from across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region will come together in Beirut, Lebanon from 15 to 17 November to strengthen collective efforts to advance human rights...

End of session statement presented at the 41st session of the Human Rights Council
End of session statement presented at the 41st session of the Human Rights Council 12 July 2019 Various

Speaker: Salma El Hosseiny By renewing the mandate of the Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI), the Council has sent a clear message that violence and discrimination against people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities cannot be tolerated. It reaffirmed that specific, sustained and systematic attention is needed to address these human rights violati...

Statement at HRC draws attention to draconian and discriminatory measures in Sri Lanka
Statement at HRC draws attention to draconian and discriminatory measures in Sri Lanka 11 July 2019 APC and Women and Media Collective

Speaker: Gayatri Khandhadai Thank you, Madam Vice President. The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the Women and Media Collective draw the attention of this Council to the situation in Sri Lanka. Since the bombings on 21 April, the country has been under a state of emergency, where the police and the security forces have sweeping powers to search and detain citizens. The pres...

HRC41: Oral statement by Derechos Digitales and APC during the adoption of the Universal Periodic Review of Chile
HRC41: Oral statement by Derechos Digitales and APC during the adoption of the Universal Periodic Review of Chile 08 July 2019 APC and Derechos Digitales

Thank you, Mr. President. The Association for Progressive Communications and Derechos Digitales welcome the engagement of Chile in the UPR process and would like to focus on the recommendations related to the impact of digital technologies on the exercise of human rights. Recommendations were formulated by at least six different states on issues ranging from respect for the rights to privacy, f...

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