Freedom of expression

Human rights online at the Human Rights Council 44th session
Human rights online at the Human Rights Council 44th session 29 June 2020 APC

APC’s priorities at this HRC session include the implications of COVID-19 for human rights online, the impact of digital technologies on freedom of assembly and association online, racial discrimination and inequality and new information technologies, and online gender-based violence.

Closer than ever: Keeping our movements connected and inclusive – The Association for Progressive Communications' response to the COVID-19 pandemic
Closer than ever: Keeping our movements connected and inclusive – The Association for Progressive Communications' response to the COVID-19 pandemic 07 April 2020

This position paper outlines APC's current thinking on the pandemic. It identifies several key, interrelated issues that require attention by governments, the private sector and civil society.

Dramatic increase in digital rights violations of Palestinians in May 2021: Written statement submitted ahead of HRC 47
Dramatic increase in digital rights violations of Palestinians in May 2021: Written statement submitted ahead of HRC 47 14 June 2021 APC

This statement was submitted ahead of the Human Rights Council 47th session to express grave concern over digital rights violations against Palestinians during the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, Palestinians in mixed cities in Israel and forcible displacement of Palestinians in East Jerusalem.

End the wave of digital censorship in India
End the wave of digital censorship in India 11 June 2021 Various

APC joins with other civil society organisations to denounce the escalating situation of digital authoritarianism in India, including the efforts to intimidate web platforms into compliance with the government's censorship measures.

APC statement on the suspension of Twitter services in Nigeria
APC statement on the suspension of Twitter services in Nigeria 09 June 2021 APC

APC joins in the condemnation of the suspension of Twitter services in Nigeria, and considers that this measure not only limits Nigerian citizens' exercise of their right to access information, but also other rights including freedom of expression, privacy, and freedom of assembly and association.

APC at RightsCon 2021
APC at RightsCon 2021 03 June 2021 APC

APC sees RightsCon as a convening space for strategising and networking, as well as an opportunity to showcase APC’s work and perspectives on human rights in the digital space, a feminist internet, access and digital inclusion, social justice and environmental sustainability.

Queer on the internet: The politics of visibility
Queer on the internet: The politics of visibility 31 May 2021 A. Salman for GenderIT.org

When looking through the risk and danger that seemingly small decisions about online social media profiles can pose to queer-identifying individuals, the utopic narrative of the “levelling field” that the internet creates begins to fall apart.

Joint statement by human rights and digital privacy rights organisations: Google should halt plans to establish cloud region in Saudi Arabia
Joint statement by human rights and digital privacy rights organisations: Google should halt plans to establish cloud region in Saudi Arabia 26 May 2021 Various

The undersigned human rights and digital rights organisations urge Google to immediately halt its plan to establish a new Google Cloud region in Saudi Arabia until the company can publicly demonstrate how it will mitigate adverse human rights impacts.

Digital rights featured prominently at African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights 68th session
Digital rights featured prominently at African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights 68th session 19 May 2021 Koliwe Majama

Together with other civil society and human rights institutions, members of the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms Coalition demonstrated the gravity of online rights violations on the continent in the reports presented during the human rights situation sessions.

EngageMedia's Pretty Good Podcast Episode 13: Australia’s News Media Bargaining Code
EngageMedia's Pretty Good Podcast Episode 13: Australia’s News Media Bargaining Code 18 May 2021 EngageMedia

In early 2021, the Australian government enacted the News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code, which requires Facebook and Google to pay Australian media for their news content. 

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