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As the world commemorates Africa Day this week, APC is convening a roundtable in partnership with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI) in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The meeting, which will take place between 26 and 28 May 2017 at the SAHRC headquarters, will gather representatives of national human rights institutions (NHRIs) from across the African continent to discuss and strengthen their understanding of some of the most pressing human rights challenges facing the continent today. Among the issues addressed, participants will consider how the internet can become be a true enabler of human rights, and the role that NHRIs should play in protecting human rights in the digital age.

This three-day meeting of NHRIs, civil society members, media experts and academics will explore how human rights frameworks apply to the exercise of rights online, with the aim of ensuring that NHRIs leave the meeting with an understanding of the main issues and strategies for promoting internet rights and freedoms in their respective countries. One of the expectations of this roundtable is that the discussions and decisions will strengthen relationships between stakeholders and establish a firm footing to continue collaboration in the future on internet rights and freedoms in Africa.