Human rights and ICTs

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

APC welcomes the report by the Special Rapporteur on the right to education, particularly his focus on “the right to education in the digital age” and his observation that the digital divide persists and continues to result in unequal opportunities for education both between and within countries.

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

This issue paper takes stock of the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in the ICT sector,  in terms of state responsibility to protect human rights, corporate responsibility to respect rights, and access to effective remedy when rights have been violated.  

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, particularly the substantial consideration given to the role of the internet and technology in education, and the observation that the digital divide persists and continues to result in unequal opportunities for education.

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.

Cultural rights and the internet in Brazil: Presentation at the 157th session of the IACHR
Cultural rights and the internet in Brazil: Presentation at the 157th session of the IACHR 07 April 2016 APC, ARTICLE 19 and Public Knowledge

At a hearing at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on 7 April 2106, APC, Article 19 and Public Knowledge emphasised the importance of the internet and ICTs for cultural rights in Brazil, and raised key concerns around this issue.

Freedom of assembly and association online in India, Malaysia and Pakistan: Trends, challenges and recommendations
Freedom of assembly and association online in India, Malaysia and Pakistan: Trends, challenges and recommendations 31 March 2016 Gayathry Venkiteswaran

This paper, produced as part of the APC project Advocacy for Change through Technology in India, Malaysia and Pakistan (APC-IMPACT), draws upon the work previously done by APC in providing guidance to the interpretation of the rights to freedom of association and assembly in the digital age.    

Letter to Member States of the UN Human Rights Council, regarding resolution on the protection of human rights defenders addressing economic, social and cultural rights
Letter to Member States of the UN Human Rights Council, regarding resolution on the protection of human rights defenders addressing economic, social and cultural rights 24 March 2016 Various

The undersigned civil society organisations urge your delegation to support the adoption of the resolution on the protection of human rights defenders working to promote economic, social and cultural rights.

Joint written statement to the UN Human Rights Council on the impact of religion on freedom of expression and women's rights online
Joint written statement to the UN Human Rights Council on the impact of religion on freedom of expression and women's rights online 17 February 2016 APC and Byes for All, Pakistan

APC and Bytes for All, Pakistan welcome the report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, which rejects the conflict between freedom of expression and freedom of religion and instead highlights their positive interrelatedness and mutual reinforcement.    

Open letter to the UN Human Rights Council on “preventing and countering violent extremism and human rights”
Open letter to the UN Human Rights Council on “preventing and countering violent extremism and human rights” 08 February 2016 Various

Open letter to UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein from 58 human rights organisations in advance of the panel discussion on “human rights and preventing and countering violent extremism” at the 31st session of the UN Human Rights Council.

Joint statement on initiatives to "counter and prevent violent extremism”
Joint statement on initiatives to "counter and prevent violent extremism” 08 February 2016 Various

This joint written submission raises serious concerns regarding the potential impact of initiatives to counter and “prevent violent extremism” on the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

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