Human rights and ICTs

Joint submission on proposed amendments to the South African Domestic Violence Act
Joint submission on proposed amendments to the South African Domestic Violence Act 15 October 2020 Various

On 9 October 2020, Research ICT Africa (RIA), APC, ALT Advisory and the Feministing While African (FWA) network made a submission to the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services of South Africa in response to proposed amendments to the Domestic Violence Act.

Joint civil society letter to the UN treaty bodies and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Joint civil society letter to the UN treaty bodies and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights 12 October 2020 Various

A geographically representative group of 527 civil society organisations has called for the resumption of the state monitoring procedure of the international human rights treaty bodies, which have been postponed since March due to COVID-19 restrictions.

HRC45: Civil society presents key takeaways from Human Rights Council
HRC45: Civil society presents key takeaways from Human Rights Council 08 October 2020 Various

Fourteen organisations share reflections on the outcomes of the 45th session of the UN Human Rights Council, as well as the missed opportunities to address key issues such as deadly migration routes at EU and US borders and the human rights situations in Algeria, Bolivia, China, Egypt and India.

Joint civil society feedback on the Open-ended Working Group on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security revised non-paper norms proposals
Joint civil society feedback on the Open-ended Working Group on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security revised non-paper norms proposals 30 September 2020 Various

Global cyber governance, including the protection of a secure and stable cyberspace, cannot be limited to any one actor. Therefore, an inclusive approach to maintaining peace and stability in cyberspace is needed, as emphasised by the organisations who jointly submitted this feedback to the OEWG.

Unshackling Expression: The Philippines Report
Unshackling Expression: The Philippines Report 30 September 2020

The Foundation for Media Alternatives, in collaboration with the Association for Progressive Communications and the Cyrilla Collaborative, is proud to share, “Unshackling Expression: The Philippines Report.”

India: Amnesty International forced to halt work
India: Amnesty International forced to halt work 30 September 2020 Amnesty International

Amnesty International India announced that it is halting its work in the country after the Indian government froze its bank accounts in an act of reprisal for the organization’s human rights work.

The complex web of ICT laws offers little protection for freedom of expression in the Philippines
The complex web of ICT laws offers little protection for freedom of expression in the Philippines 30 September 2020 APCNews

The Foundation for Media Alternatives with APC and the Cyrilla Collaborative is proud to share “Unshackling Expression: The Philippines Report” which looks at government restrictions that affect or violate the population’s freedom of expression online and offline.

The erosion of digital rights in the fight against COVID-19 in Kenya
The erosion of digital rights in the fight against COVID-19 in Kenya 29 September 2020 Victor Kapiyo for CIPESA

Kenya confirmed its first Covid-19 case on March 12, 2020, and as of August 26, 2020, the country had recorded at least 559 deaths, 32,803 confirmed cases, and 19,055 recoveries, with 429,513 persons tested. Even before the first case was confirmed in Kenya in February 2020, the government had moved to establish the National Emergency Response Committee on Covid-19 to coordinate its preparednes...

#NoExamShutdown: 4 MENA countries shut down the internet so far “to fight cheating”!
#NoExamShutdown: 4 MENA countries shut down the internet so far “to fight cheating”! 29 September 2020 Ali Sibai for SMEX

This year, governments in the Middle East and North Africa have continued to shut down and throttle the internet during grade and high school examinations. So far, governments in Jordan, Syria, Algeria, and Sudan have disrupted the internet during examinations.

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