Freedom of expression

Joint letter in solidarity with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights
Joint letter in solidarity with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights 23 November 2020 Various

The undersigned organisations express their deepest concern about the unprecedented escalation against EIPR, one of Egypt’s oldest and most reputable human rights organisations, including the arbitrary arrest and detention of three EIPR employees by Egyptian security forces since 15 November.

Internet Rules: Unboxing Digital Laws in South Asia workshop 2020
Internet Rules: Unboxing Digital Laws in South Asia workshop 2020 23 November 2020

Over the course of the week from 23 to 27 November 2020, the workshop will cover a variety of topics including ICT laws and jurisprudence, access, infrastructure and internet shutdowns, freedom of expression, gender and vulnerable groups, and legal methodology and process, among others.

Unshackling Expression: A study on online freedom of expression in Indonesia
Unshackling Expression: A study on online freedom of expression in Indonesia 19 November 2020 Alghiffari Aqsa

This report aims to provide an overview of the fulfilment and protection of online freedom of expression, identify specific issues related to laws that are often used against it, and also provide recommendations for improvements related to online freedom of expression in Indonesia.

Indonesia doing worse in terms of promoting freedom of expression online according to new CYRILLA report
Indonesia doing worse in terms of promoting freedom of expression online according to new CYRILLA report 19 November 2020 APCNews

Does Indonesia have laws in place to protect its citizens’ right to free speech and expression online? Are these laws being implemented in a way that promotes human rights, or are the same laws being used to curtail them? These are the questions tackled in this new report.

Joint letter calling for reforms to EU funding to ensure the right to privacy
Joint letter calling for reforms to EU funding to ensure the right to privacy 11 November 2020 Various

In this joint letter, APC, Privacy International and other civil society organisations raise their concerns over the funding and development of projects and initiatives which threaten the right to privacy and other fundamental rights, such as freedom of expression and freedom of assembly.

In the midst of the pandemic, Muslims in India suffer from hate speech, physical attacks and Islamophobia
In the midst of the pandemic, Muslims in India suffer from hate speech, physical attacks and Islamophobia 09 November 2020 APCNews

What is the “corona jihad”? In the time of a pandemic, how has hate speech made matters worse for the Muslim population in India? How do we curb hate speech online? These are just some of the questions that a new report published by APC, The Contagion of Hate in India, aims to answer.

The Contagion of Hate in India
The Contagion of Hate in India 09 November 2020 Laxmi Murthy

What is the “corona jihad”? In the time of a pandemic, how has hate speech made matters worse for the Muslim population in India? How do we curb hate speech online? These are just some of the questions that this report aims to answer.

Dialling in the Law: A comparative assessment of jurisprudence on internet shutdowns
Dialling in the Law: A comparative assessment of jurisprudence on internet shutdowns 03 November 2020 Aayush Rathi, Arindrajit Basu and Anoushka Soni

This report outlines jurisprudence across the global South on the legality of internet shutdowns. It tackles the growing challenge of government-mandated disruptions of internet access around the world, often under the guise of safeguarding public order and upholding national security interests.

APC policy explainer: Platform responsibility and accountability
APC policy explainer: Platform responsibility and accountability 01 November 2020 APC

Companies should use international human rights law as the authoritative global standard for ensuring freedom of expression and other rights on their platforms, not the varying laws of states or their own private interests. In this document, APC explains why, where and how we work on this issue.

EngageMedia's Pretty Good Podcast: Youth and online activism at Thailand protests
EngageMedia's Pretty Good Podcast: Youth and online activism at Thailand protests 19 October 2020 EngageMedia

Piyanut Kotsan, director of Amnesty International Thailand, enumerates the human and digital rights issues and violations occurring during the recent youth-led protests, from the disproportionate use of laws against dissenting opinions to the increase in online harassment against young protesters. 

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