Human rights and ICTs

HRC 39: Calling on states to halt the dismantling of our human rights systems
HRC 39: Calling on states to halt the dismantling of our human rights systems 25 September 2018 Association for Women’s Rights in Development, Coalition of African Lesbians, Sexual Rights Initiative and Association for Progressive Communications

This statement was read out during the 39th Session of the Human Rights Council by Amanda Hodgeson from the Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL), during the general debate under Agenda Item 8: Follow-up to and implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action. I make this statement on behalf of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, the Coalition of African Lesbians, the Sexual Rights Initiative, and the Association for Progressive Communications. The Vienna Declar...

APC Annual Report 2017
APC Annual Report 2017 22 September 2018

2017 was a year of transition in APC. When APC’s former executive director Anriette Esterhuysen told APC’s management team that she was resigning, we couldn’t quite believe it. Over the last 16 years, Anriette had been the heart of APC, and it was difficult to imagine APC without her. Anriette first joined APC when the Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) – where she was executive director – became an APC member organisation in 1993. She was elected to APC’s board of directors ...

Supplemental Coalition Report for South Africa's Review at the 64th Session of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (July 2018)
Supplemental Coalition Report for South Africa's Review at the 64th Session of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (July 2018) 10 September 2018 Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and Right2Know Campaign (R2K)

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and the Right2Know Campaign (R2K) welcome the opportunity to submit this Parallel Coalition Report to the 64th session (24 September 2018 to 12 October 2018) of the Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (CESCR). This Parallel Coalition Report (Second Coalition Report) is submitted to the CESCR to as...

Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 39th session
Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 39th session 09 September 2018 Deborah Brown and Sebastián Becker Castellaro (APC) and Aurora A. Sauter (Access Now)

The 39th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) is taking place on 10-28 September 2018 in Geneva. Relevant issues on the agenda this session for internet rights advocates include new reports from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on the right to privacy in the digital age and on mechanisms concerned with ensuring the safety of journalists (as well as a resolution ...

Social Media Exchange, Lebanon: A Snapshot of Digital Rights Coverage in the Middle East and North Africa
Social Media Exchange, Lebanon: A Snapshot of Digital Rights Coverage in the Middle East and North Africa 29 August 2018 Social Media Exchange

This research was published by SMEX and supported by Meedan and the MENA Investigative Fund.  Introduction One day in early 2015, Habib Battah, an investigative journalist who operates the website Beirut Report, noticed new construction works in the city’s Hamra district. Hoping that this was the physical manifestation of much-touted plans to upgrade th...

New APC member Rudi International: Working with children who were robbed of their opportunity for development in the DRC
New APC member Rudi International: Working with children who were robbed of their opportunity for development in the DRC 28 August 2018 APCNews

“Rudi” is Swahili for “come back.” It is the story behind how we were born as an organisation. We consider it a privilege to give back and be part of the change we want to see around us. This is how new APC member Rudi International, based in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), welcomes visitors to their website. Access to education, literacy, health, trauma healing for survivors of...

Tanzania: Joint civil society letter calls on Human Rights Council member states to address crackdown on human rights
Tanzania: Joint civil society letter calls on Human Rights Council member states to address crackdown on human rights 21 August 2018 Various

To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland 16 August 2018 Tanzania: Open letter to states for joint action to address crackdown on civic space and prevent a further deterioration of the situation Excellency, Ahead of the 39th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council (“the Council”), which will be held from...

An internet rights agenda for the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
An internet rights agenda for the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights 20 August 2018 APC

On 10 August, Michelle Bachelet was confirmed as the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The High Commissioner for Human Rights is the highest-ranking official in the UN system on human rights. Her voice carries significant weight in calling out and addressing human rights violations and advancing norms, both in the UN and for broader public opinion. APC sees great value in t...

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 o...

Action Steps: A decade of civil society advocacy in the information society - A baseline review of the Global Information Society Watch country reports (2007-2017)
Action Steps: A decade of civil society advocacy in the information society - A baseline review of the Global Information Society Watch country reports (2007-2017) 06 August 2018 Alan Finlay

The purpose of this review was to look back over the past decade of country reports published in Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) and attempt to identify trends in civil society perspectives on what needed to be done to create a people-centred information society. The period for analysis was, more accurately, just over a decade: 2007-2017, during which a GISWatch report was produced ...

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