Human rights and ICTs

APC's letter in support of human rights activist Chelsea Manning after she was turned away at the Canadian border
APC's letter in support of human rights activist Chelsea Manning after she was turned away at the Canadian border 23 October 2017 APC

Over 40 prominent civil society organisations, elected officials, university professors and professionals have sent letters in support of human rights activist Chelsea Manning, who was recently turned away at the Canadian border. This is the letter sent by APC and North American members LaborNet and May First/People Link calling on the Canadian government to reverse its decision to bar Ms. Manning from Canada.

Call for applications for the fifth African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG)
Call for applications for the fifth African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) 11 October 2017

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is pleased to announce the call for applications for the fifth African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG), to be held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt from 28 November to 2 December.

Joint submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review 2018 Cycle – Cameroon
Joint submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review 2018 Cycle – Cameroon 10 October 2017

This is a joint submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review on its 2018 Cycle for Cameroon, by Access Now, ADISI-Cameroun, APC and Internet Sans Frontières. The organisations submitting this report consider that Cameroon can improve its human rights record and treatment of digital rights in several areas and make recommendations to the government of Cameroon...

APC's subgranting programme benefits 18 members in 2017
APC's subgranting programme benefits 18 members in 2017 09 October 2017

APC’s subgranting programme in its second year awarded a total of USD 273,986 to support its members in achieving APC’s vision. Eighteen member organisations were recipients of 21 grants, and funds were also used to support the research for 28 national GISWatch 2017 reports.

Trends in religion-based hate speech
Trends in religion-based hate speech 26 September 2017 Bijo P. Abraham

This research paper highlights the trends in religion-based hate speech in relation with the right to free speech in the online space in India.

Turkey: Secure digital communications are essential for human rights - Joint oral statement at the UN Human Rights Council 36th Session
Turkey: Secure digital communications are essential for human rights - Joint oral statement at the UN Human Rights Council 36th Session 19 September 2017 Various

APC and over 60 organisations  express grave concern about the growing crackdown by states on the use of secure digital communications. In particular, we highlight Turkey's  arrest and continued pre-trial detention of IT consultant Ali Gharavi and non-violence trainer Peter Steudtner on 5 July.

Civil society organisations write to international bodies over internet shutdown in Togo
Civil society organisations write to international bodies over internet shutdown in Togo 14 September 2017 Various

A coalition of some 35 civil society organisations has written to several international bodies including the African Union and the United Nations Human Rights Council over the recent internet shutdown in Togo.

Shrinking spaces: Status of freedom of association and assembly in India
Shrinking spaces: Status of freedom of association and assembly in India 12 September 2017 Ritu Srivastava

This report explores and analyses India’s positions on various freedoms and  governance mechanisms to understand how they affect the rights to freedom of association and assembly online.

"We cannot be what we cannot see": GenderIT.org maps gaps in research in gender and information society
"We cannot be what we cannot see": GenderIT.org maps gaps in research in gender and information society 11 September 2017

The articles in this bilingual edition point to how visibility, a complicated phenomenon in itself, is the starting point of a different way of being, and how the stories we tell – entangled in the fine wires of technology – are necessary and essential, and could be the foundations for the movement for change.

Joint CSO Statement on South Africa UPR Recommendations
Joint CSO Statement on South Africa UPR Recommendations 08 September 2017 Human Rights Institute of South Africa, Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, and APC

This joint statement of the South African Civil Society Organisations (SA CSOs) – Human Rights Institute of South Africa, Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, and the Association for Progressive Communications - welcomes the recommendations passed on South Africa by the Human Rights Council (HRC) in May 2017. The aforementioned organisations together with the Khulumani Support...

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