Freedom of expression

Coconet: To fight COVID-19 in Myanmar, stop the war and internet shutdown in Arakan
Coconet: To fight COVID-19 in Myanmar, stop the war and internet shutdown in Arakan 27 April 2020 Kyaw Lynn for Coconet

The internet is the primary source of information on the global COVID-19 pandemic. But Arakan in western Myanmar is currently experiencing the longest-running internet shutdown in the world, and the lack of access to information could put an already vulnerable population in a dangerous situation. 

Open letter on COVID-19 content moderation research
Open letter on COVID-19 content moderation research 22 April 2020 Various

APC joined dozens of other organisations and researchers to call on social media companies to enable future research and analysis about the “infodemic” side of COVID-19 by preserving information about what their systems are automatically blocking and taking down.

7amleh recognised with Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Award 2020
7amleh recognised with Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Award 2020 16 April 2020 7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media

APC member organisation 7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media received this year's award in the digital activism category for its outstanding work educating the Palestinian public and the world about Palestinian digital rights issues.

APC member organisation EngageMedia celebrates 15 years of digital rights, video for change, and open technology
APC member organisation EngageMedia celebrates 15 years of digital rights, video for change, and open technology 13 March 2020 EngageMedia

Fifteen years ago, two youngsters met in a small house in Melbourne with the idea to build an online space for social issue documentaries from the Asia-Pacific. Today, the idea may seem a little banal. But the internet is no longer the free and open space it once was.

Defending freedom of expression and ensuring the safety and security of journalists in Bangladesh
Defending freedom of expression and ensuring the safety and security of journalists in Bangladesh 10 March 2020 Voices for Interactive Choice and Empowerment (VOICE)

In the face of a rising number of attacks on journalists in Bangladesh, Voices for Interactive Choice and Empowerment (VOICE), an APC member organisation, hosted a day-long media training workshop to discuss the challenges faced by journalists and explore solutions for this growing problem.

HRC43: APC statement on the situation of human rights in Myanmar
HRC43: APC statement on the situation of human rights in Myanmar 10 March 2020 APC

APC and the Myanmar ICT for Development Organization thank the Special Rapporteur for her report on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, particularly for highlighting how ICTs are being leveraged to perpetuate violations against religious minorities such as the Rohingya.

HRC43: APC statement at the stakeholder meeting with the Human Rights Committee on the Revised Draft General Comment No. 37 on Article 21 of the ICCPR
HRC43: APC statement at the stakeholder meeting with the Human Rights Committee on the Revised Draft General Comment No. 37 on Article 21 of the ICCPR 10 March 2020 APC

APC's statement presented at the stakeholder meeting with the Human Rights Committee on the Revised Draft General Comment No. 37 on Article 21 (Right of Peaceful Assembly) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) on 9 March 2020.   

"Search for... Feminism. The more you search, the less you find": Exhibition in Vienna presents the Feminist Principles of the Internet
"Search for... Feminism. The more you search, the less you find": Exhibition in Vienna presents the Feminist Principles of the Internet 10 March 2020 APCNews

The exhibition, launched in January 2020, critically investigated the online world from a feminist point of view. APCNews spoke with its curators to gain more insight on the event and to understand the part that the Feminist Principles of the Internet played in this unique display.

HCR43: APC statement on the escalating violence in India
HCR43: APC statement on the escalating violence in India 06 March 2020 APC

In this statement delivered during the 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council, APC speaks to the deteriorating political situation in India and the increase in violence following the enactment of the Citizenship Amendment Act. 

APC at the Human Rights Council 43rd session: Briefing on the deteriorating human rights situation in India
APC at the Human Rights Council 43rd session: Briefing on the deteriorating human rights situation in India 04 March 2020 Gayatri Khandhadai, APC Asia policy regional coordinator

Since December 2019, peaceful protests have erupted throughout India in response to the adoption of the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act. In response, India has witnessed large-scale violence against dissenters and a clampdown on freedoms of religion, expression, assembly and association.

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