Human rights and ICTs

GISWatch 2016 on economic, social and cultural rights and the internet coming soon!
GISWatch 2016 on economic, social and cultural rights and the internet coming soon! 25 November 2016 APC

A groundbreaking report on economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs) and the internet will be released at the Internet Governance Forum in Guadalajara, Mexico, on 9 December 2016. The latest edition of the Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) report will look at the role of the internet in realising economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs). In the same way that the internet is essential to sustainable development, it is increasingly becoming an important enabler of ESCRs, such a...

Freedom of assembly and association online in Malaysia: Overview and case studies
Freedom of assembly and association online in Malaysia: Overview and case studies 01 September 2016 Tan Jun-E

Freedom of assembly and association (FoAA) is a fundamental right recognised in Article 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. FoAA online refers to the exercise of civil rights in peaceful assembly and association enhanced by the use of information and communication technology (ICT). There are three objectives of this report: First, it seeks to deepen understanding about the context in which FoAA online in Malaysia exists. For this, some background is provided on the historical c...

Inter-American Human Rights System instruments and their application to the digital environment: Training module
Inter-American Human Rights System instruments and their application to the digital environment: Training module 09 July 2016 Luis Fernando García

This module for the APC Internet Rights Are Human Rights training curriculum explores the relationship between human rights as understood in the Inter-American Human Rights System and ICTs such as the internet. It raises the following general questions which should be considered by participants: How has the internet changed people’s lives? What rights have been affected positively or negati...

APC welcomes Human Rights Council resolution on the internet and human rights
APC welcomes Human Rights Council resolution on the internet and human rights 01 July 2016 APC

APC welcomes the adoption by the Human Rights Council (HRC) of resolution A/HRC/32/L.20 reaffirming the importance of promoting and protecting human rights on the internet. The resolution, which was adopted by consensus, addresses some of the most pressing challenges to human rights online today. Since its landmark resolution in 2012 and follow-up resolution in 2014, the HRC has gone from recog...

Using the Universal Periodic Review for Human Rights Online
Using the Universal Periodic Review for Human Rights Online 01 July 2016 Deborah Brown (APC) and Sheetal Kumar (GPD)

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a mechanism of the main human rights body of the United Nations (UN), the Human Rights Council (HRC). What it does is implied in its name: It is universal: It reviews the human rights record of each state according to the same parameters and procedures, whatever the human rights situation and the state’s ratification or compliance with international huma...

A guide to help human rights defenders navigate the Universal Periodic Review
A guide to help human rights defenders navigate the Universal Periodic Review 29 June 2016 Deborah Brown and Sheetal Kumar

The guide is designed to help human rights defenders working on human rights online navigate the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process, with resources and case studies of real life advocacy to help inform and structure engagement. It also provides examples of how the UPR has been used for human rights online, including examples of recommendations that states have accepted relating to the...

32nd Session of the Human Rights Council: Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to education, freedom of peaceful assembly and association
32nd Session of the Human Rights Council: Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to education, freedom of peaceful assembly and association 17 June 2016 APC

32nd Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3 Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to education and on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association Statement by the Association for Progressive Communications Delivered by Deborah Brown Thank you Mr. President. The Association for Progressive Communications welcomes the report by the Special Rapporteur...

Business and digital rights: Taking stock of the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights in the ICT sector
Business and digital rights: Taking stock of the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights in the ICT sector 13 June 2016 David Sullivan

In the five years since the UN Human Rights Council adopted the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, human rights scrutiny of information and communication (ICT) companies has escalated significantly. More governments than ever are pressuring companies to censor content, network shutdowns have become disturbingly routine in many countries, and Edward Snowden’s revelations have und...

Written statement by the Association for Progressive Communications on the right to education and the internet
Written statement by the Association for Progressive Communications on the right to education and the internet 10 June 2016 Association for Progressive Communications

APC welcomes the report by the Special Rapporteur on the right to education. In particular we appreciate the substantial consideration that the Special Rapporteur gives to the role of the internet and technology in education. Access to the internet enables the realisation of economic, social and cultural rights, by supporting access to information and knowledge, freedom of expression and freedo...

Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2016, yet another story of deception from democracy
Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2016, yet another story of deception from democracy 15 April 2016 Bytes for All, Pakistan, Media Matters for Democracy and APC

Bytes for All, Pakistan, Media Matters for Democracy and the Association for Progressive Communications express their grave concerns over the recent development regarding the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill in the national assembly and reject the bill in its current shape. Passage of the draconian law by Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz dominated house is another painful moment in the legislat...

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