Human rights and ICTs

Women Human Rights Defenders condemn online threats against Bondita Acharya
Women Human Rights Defenders condemn online threats against Bondita Acharya 02 May 2017

Bondita Acharya received death threats, as well as being threatened with acid attack, rape and gang rape, after condemning the arrest of three people for the possession of beef on 4 April 2017. The attacks on her include trolling on her Facebook account and other social media.

APC statement in solidarity with Hungarian civil society and Central European University
APC statement in solidarity with Hungarian civil society and Central European University 27 April 2017

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) expresses its solidarity with civil society in Hungary, who are facing unjustifiable attacks from the government aimed at stigmatising them and undermining their credibility.

APC condemns murder of Maldivian blogger and human rights activist Yameen Rasheed
APC condemns murder of Maldivian blogger and human rights activist Yameen Rasheed 25 April 2017

APC strongly condemns the murder of Yameen Rasheed, a prominent journalist, blogger, social media commentator and human rights defender in the Maldives. APC considers this killing as an outrageous and unconscionable attack on freedom of expression. 

Submission from Social Media Exchange and the Association for Progressive Communications to the United Nations Human Rights Committee in advance of its review of Lebanon
Submission from Social Media Exchange and the Association for Progressive Communications to the United Nations Human Rights Committee in advance of its review of Lebanon 21 April 2017

This submission highlights areas of concern that Social Media Exchange (SMEX) and APC hope will inform the Human Rights Committee’s consideration of the Lebanese government’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights concerning Article 17, on the right to privacy.

French "right to be forgotten" ruling could be devastating for freedom of expression globally
French "right to be forgotten" ruling could be devastating for freedom of expression globally 19 April 2017

APC joined 17 NGOs from across the globe in a legal submission before France’s highest court, raising serious concerns about a ruling of France’s data protection authority on the “right to be forgotten”.

Pakistan: Religious intolerance and impunity nurture killing field
Pakistan: Religious intolerance and impunity nurture killing field 19 April 2017

Bytes for All, Pakistan, APC and FORUM-ASIA strongly condemn the gruesome killing of 23-year-old Mashal Khan by a vigilante mob at Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan for purported blasphemy, another case in which the state completely failed in providing protection to its citizens.

Bridging the gender digital divide from a human rights perspective: APC submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Bridging the gender digital divide from a human rights perspective: APC submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights 22 March 2017

In this submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, APC explores the human rights implications of the gender digital divide for women and girls and offers possible solutions to bridging the divide from a human rights perspective, highlighting APC’s work in this area.

HRC 34: "International borders are not zones of exclusion or exception for human  rights obligations"
HRC 34: "International borders are not zones of exclusion or exception for human rights obligations" 08 March 2017

In the oral statement delivered by APC’s Deborah Brown, APC manifested its concerns over reports that the United States government is demanding visitors provide access to their electronic devices as well as passcodes to those devices and online accounts at points of entry.

HRC 34: Oral statement delivered by APC during the Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy and the Special Rapporteur on the sale of children
HRC 34: Oral statement delivered by APC during the Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy and the Special Rapporteur on the sale of children 08 March 2017

The Association for Progressive Communications welcomes the opportunity to participate in this interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy.

Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 34th session
Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 34th session 23 February 2017 Deborah Brown (APC); Elena Goldstein and Peter Micek (Access Now)

At the HRC 34th session, internet rights remain at the forefront of the agenda, with the Council scheduled to discuss the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy's report on oversight of government surveillance programmes and to debate a new resolution on the right to privacy in the digital age.

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