Human rights and ICTs

Digital rights featured prominently at African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights 68th session
Digital rights featured prominently at African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights 68th session 19 May 2021 Koliwe Majama

Together with other civil society and human rights institutions, members of the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms Coalition demonstrated the gravity of online rights violations on the continent in the reports presented during the human rights situation sessions.

Seeding change: Cameroon’s PROTEGE QV on amplifying digital rights advocacy efforts across the African continent
Seeding change: Cameroon’s PROTEGE QV on amplifying digital rights advocacy efforts across the African continent 19 May 2021 APCNews

How are APC members improving their communities’ lives? APC subgranting has empowered Cameroon's PROTEGE QV to contribute to the development of the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms, amplifying digital rights advocacy efforts across the continent.

CIPESA: Why data rights are central to protection of online freedom
CIPESA: Why data rights are central to protection of online freedom 12 May 2021 CIPESA

In an increasingly digitised world, safeguarding data rights has become central to protecting individuals’ rights to access and share information, express themselves, and associate using the internet and related platforms.

Journalism Blocked, Information Seized: A tale of how internet shutdown crippled media work in Uganda
Journalism Blocked, Information Seized: A tale of how internet shutdown crippled media work in Uganda 11 May 2021 Unwanted Witness

This study sought to explore the impact of the recent internet shutdown on journalists during the election period in Uganda. It further captures specific journalist experiences of the internet shutdown on their work both in the city and countryside.

Hashtag Palestine 2020
Hashtag Palestine 2020 10 May 2021 E.M., Alison Carmel, Rahaf Salahat and Sarah Abu Alrob

#Hashtag Palestine 2020 is 7amleh’s sixth annual review of key digital rights issues facing Palestinians living in the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel, drawing on events that took place from January through December 2020.

#Hashtag Palestine 2020: An overview of digital rights abuses of Palestinians during the coronavirus pandemic
#Hashtag Palestine 2020: An overview of digital rights abuses of Palestinians during the coronavirus pandemic 10 May 2021 7amleh - The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media

7amleh launched its annual report on Palestinian digital rights, entitled “#Hashtag Palestine 2020”. The report details violations that took place in 2020, and specifically during the coronavirus pandemic, by authorities, technology companies and the Palestinian society itself.

International civil society organisations demand that the Colombian government immediately stop its repression of the protests and guarantee the exercise of human rights, offline and online
International civil society organisations demand that the Colombian government immediately stop its repression of the protests and guarantee the exercise of human rights, offline and online 05 May 2021 Various

We firmly reject the violent repression in Colombia in response to the massive protests which began on 28 April. The Colombian state has the obligation to adopt the necessary measures to guarantee freedom of assembly and association and freedom of speech, on the internet and on the streets.

Summary of the joint stakeholder report to the UPR 38th session on online gender-based violence and access to justice in Paraguay
Summary of the joint stakeholder report to the UPR 38th session on online gender-based violence and access to justice in Paraguay 04 May 2021 TEDIC and APC

The joint report presented to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group ahead of its 38th session by TEDIC and APC consists of information around three specific areas related to online gender-based violence and access to justice in Paraguay. A synthesis of each of them is offered here.

APC at the Stockholm Internet Forum
APC at the Stockholm Internet Forum 04 May 2021 APCNews

APC's participation will focus on highlighting strategies to counter gender-based violence online, discussing the intersections between technology, the environment and the exercise of human rights, debating the impact of COVID-19 on human rights, and promoting meaningful internet access.

New toolkit offers insights into advocacy around the growing need for privacy and personal data protection in Africa
New toolkit offers insights into advocacy around the growing need for privacy and personal data protection in Africa 03 May 2021 African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms Coalition

The toolkit, developed by the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms Coalition, offers an overview of relevant national, regional and international mechanisms and a checklist for analysing data protection and privacy-related policy and legislation using the human rights-based approach.

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