Freedom of expression

APC calls for the release of photographer Shahidul Alam and for an end to crackdown on expression in Bangladesh
APC calls for the release of photographer Shahidul Alam and for an end to crackdown on expression in Bangladesh 13 August 2018 APC

APC and its undersigned members express concern over the detention of Shahidul Alam. On 5 August, renowned Bangladeshi photographer and human rights defender Shahidul Alam was detained by members of the country's Detective Branch of Police. He was charged with the infamous provision on “spreading propaganda and false information against the government” (Section 57) under Bangladesh’s draconian Information and Communication Technology (Amendment) Act in relation ...

Human rights in the digital context: Joint contribution from APC and Derechos Digitales to the third cycle of the UPR mechanism for Chile
Human rights in the digital context: Joint contribution from APC and Derechos Digitales to the third cycle of the UPR mechanism for Chile 10 August 2018 APC and Derechos Digitales

This submission is a joint stakeholder contribution to the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism for Chile by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Derechos Digitales.  APC and Derechos Digitales appreciate the opportunity to participate in this cycle of the Universal Periodic Review and recognise the important human rights issues being raised by other stakeholder reports. Our organisations strongly believe that the same human rights that people ...

HRC38: Valuable outcomes and advances around internet rights, despite challenges
HRC38: Valuable outcomes and advances around internet rights, despite challenges 25 July 2018 Deborah Brown, with collaboration from Sidra Rizvi

The 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) wrapped up earlier this month, with the adoption of 20 resolutions including quite a few touching on key internet-related human rights issues. This session of the UN HRC reflects growth in the Council’s understanding of the scope of internet-related human rights and the outcomes were valuable overall and will contribute to the advancement ...

Concern on the growing trend of stringent regulation of the internet in East African states
Concern on the growing trend of stringent regulation of the internet in East African states 24 July 2018

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission), acting through the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa (the Special Rapporteur) Commissioner Lawrence Mute, and the Country Rapporteur responsible for monitoring the human rights situation in Kenya and Tanzania Commissioner Solomon Dersso, wishes to expres...

HRC38: APC response to the Special Rapporteur's report on content regulation in the digital age
HRC38: APC response to the Special Rapporteur's report on content regulation in the digital age 17 July 2018 APC

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) welcomes the report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression on content regulation in the digital age, a topic that is of great concern to APC and our members. On the one hand, there is a lot of “noise” in the mainstream media about so-called “fake news”, the spread of...

7amleh, APC member in Palestine and Israel: The new Israeli Cyber Law paves the way for unlawful hacking and digital rights violations
7amleh, APC member in Palestine and Israel: The new Israeli Cyber Law paves the way for unlawful hacking and digital rights violations 12 July 2018 7amleh- Arab Center for Social Media Advancement

7amleh – The Arab Centre for Social Media Advancement, APC's member in Palestine and Israel, warns of the risks and dangers that emanate from the newly proposed Cyber Security and National Cyber Directorate Bill in Israel. The bill, which was circulated to ministers in Netanyahu’s government last month, represents years of consultation about Israel’s approach to cybersecurity. In the law...

Content regulation: State responses to report on freedom of opinion and expression
Content regulation: State responses to report on freedom of opinion and expression 11 July 2018 Sidra Rizvi

The Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, presented his report on content regulation in the digital age to the Human Rights Council on 19 June. Building on the Special Rapporteur’s previous report on the role of digital access providers in ensuring the provision of human rights, this year’s report focused specifical...

Human Rights Council 38th session: Joint end of session statement
Human Rights Council 38th session: Joint end of session statement 06 July 2018 Various

Joint Statement by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, DefendDefenders (East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project), Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF), International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), International Lesbian...

Restrictions to freedom of expression online: Joint oral statement at the Human Rights Council 38th session
Restrictions to freedom of expression online: Joint oral statement at the Human Rights Council 38th session 25 June 2018 APC, the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa, Derechos Digitales and the Women of Uganda Network

Oral statement delivered under Item 3: General Debate UN Human Rights Council 38th Session 25 June 2018 Thank you, Mr. President. This statement is delivered on behalf of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA), Derechos Digitales, and the Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET). As organisations committ...

We can be heroes: Towards public and legal recognition of online gender-based violence
We can be heroes: Towards public and legal recognition of online gender-based violence 18 June 2018

Online violence, bullying, harassment, theft of identity, and non-consensual circulation of intimate images are now being recognised as offences in most countries, and acknowledged in public discourse as misogyny and attempts to silence women and gender-diverse people (gender non-conforming, gender queer, transgender, non-binary and intersex people, and others) from participation in public life...

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