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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 in digitally networked spaces. Over the past decade, civil society has become dependent on access t...

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 violations and ensure that LGBT people can live a life of dignity. We welcome the Core Group's commitment t...

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...

APC and 7amleh statement at Human Rights Council echoes alarm over unlawful surveillance
APC and 7amleh statement at Human Rights Council echoes alarm over unlawful surveillance 26 June 2019 APC and 7amleh

Oral statement delivered during the clustered interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteurs on the right to freedom of opinion and expression and on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association Human Rights Council 41st session 25 June 2019 Speaker: Alison Carmel Thank you Mr. President. The Association for Progressive Communications and 7amleh - the Arab Center for the Adv...

Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 41st session
Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 41st session 24 June 2019 Deborah Brown

The 41st session of the Human Rights Council is taking place over three weeks (24 June to 12 July 2019) in Geneva. During this session over 100 reports will be presented on thematic and country-specific human rights situations from UN Special Procedures, the Secretary General and the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The Council is expected to adopt on around 25 resolutions. It will also feat...

Joint statement on the internet shutdown in Rakhine and Chin States by digital rights organisations and other civil society organisations
Joint statement on the internet shutdown in Rakhine and Chin States by digital rights organisations and other civil society organisations 24 June 2019 Various

1. All governments have the duty to protect the right to freedom of expression and information, all the more so if they are democratically elected. However, the decision to shut down internet access in nine townships in Rakhine and Chin States without any prior notice or limitation clearly infringes these human rights and is a matter of great concern to our organizations as it should be to all ...

When the government shuts down the internet: Disco-tech event in Tunis
When the government shuts down the internet: Disco-tech event in Tunis 18 June 2019 APCNews

What do you do when your government shuts down the internet? How can we as civil society respond to such restrictions? This was the focus of this year's Disco-tech event, organised by Hivos/Digital Defenders Partnership, the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Columbia Global Freedom of Expression, Columbia Global Centers Tunis and other partners on 1...

Free Ola Bini: APC and ARTICLE 19 support UN petitions against serious rights violation
Free Ola Bini: APC and ARTICLE 19 support UN petitions against serious rights violation 10 June 2019

Since 11 April 2019, software developer, cybersecurity expert and digital rights activist Ola Bini, a Swedish national living for the past six years in Ecuador on a legal permit, has been illegitimately kept in detention as a political prisoner in Ecuador. Appeals for Ola’s release by his legal team have been stonewalled by the Ecuadorian authorities at every turn. His arrest is a serious vio...

APC at RightsCon 2019
APC at RightsCon 2019 06 June 2019 APCNews

APC will be at RightsCon Tunis, the first RightsCon summit hosted in the Middle East and North Africa, where more than 2,500 expert practitioners will come together across over 400 sessions to shape, contribute to, and drive forward the global agenda for the future of human rights in the digital age. APC will join RightsCon to promote conversations on a range of issues, including...

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