The fourth Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS2015) will take place in The Hague from 16-17 April 2015. APC developed this FAQ as a resource for civil society to provide context on the event, and to address some of the key issues and how we can work together on issues of cyber security policy at GCCS and beyond.
The latest Global Information Society Watch report is devoted to the analysis of communications surveillance in 57 countries. Authors from Mexico and South Africa raised local issues related to surveillance at report launch events.
The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRDIC) calls on Wang Xiaohong, the Director of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau, Chairman Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang to immediately and unconditionally ensure the release the five young women human rights defenders who were criminally detained in China after they planned events to protest sexual harassment on International Women’s Day.
Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) is outraged and disappointed by the manner in which amendments to the Sedition Act 1948 and the Prevention of Terrorism Act were rushed through Parliament.
APC, together with Privacy International, Access, the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, ARTICLE 19, Electronic Frontier Foundation and the International Commission of Jurists, have developed a checklist with qualifications we believe that candidates for the new position of UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy should possess.
From the Marco Civil in Brazil to NETmundial and Web We Want, numerous initiatives have emerged to respond to threats to freedom of expression, privacy, access and other basic rights on the internet. To support local initiatives, APC has launched the Local Actions to Secure Internet Rights project.
As a member of the Women Human Rights Defender International Coalition (WHRDIC), APC has signed this statement expressing serious concerns about the situation of women human rights defenders Luz Estela Castro, Director of the Women’s Human Rights Center (CEDEHM) and Irma Villanueva, Director of the Legal Department of CEDEHM in Chihuahua, México.
After sustained pressure from civil society organisations, and under the leadership of the governments of Brazil and Germany, the UN Human Rights Council established a new Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, on 26 March 2015.
Call on the government of South Africa to support the creation of a UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy
This week the UN Human Rights Council is expected to consider establishing a Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy. The South African government has a unique opportunity to support this initiative and ensure that the right to privacy is accorded the international recognition and protection it deserves.
Call for tenders: Mid-term review of the outcomes of APC's implementation of 2013-2016 Strategic Plan
APC is looking for evaluation consultants to develop an evaluation proposal and conduct a high quality and comprehensive mid-term evaluation of the outcomes of APC’s implementation of its 2013-2016 strategic plan.
New publication: Building access to justice, health care and social rehabilitation for survivors in the Republic of Congo
This publication, which is especially useful for women’s rights and ICT for development organisations, UN agencies, health providers, legislators, policy makers and justice enforcement bodies, gathers the learnings and challenges identified by all actors involved in APC and AZUR Development’s project “Holding government accountable to gender-based violence in the Republic of Congo,” and reflects on the next steps to be taken in holding governments, police, health facilities and courts of law accountable in their commitments to eradicate violence against women and offer support to survivors.
Civil society organisations, engineers, activists, lawyers, companies and governments will join together to address the subject of the internet and human rights in this rapidly evolving region, in an effort to protect the open internet and defend the digital rights of its users.
“In a time when there are 200 million fewer women with access to the internet, and where 98% of sexual rights activists say the internet is crucial to their work, with 51% of them facing violence and intimidation online, how would a feminist internet look?” This was the concluding remark made by APC’s Jac sm Kee to a panel at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women. We invite you to walk through some highlights of the event.
Surveillance is one of the greatest challenges for civil society organisations trying to advance human rights on the internet. In South Korea, victims of communications surveillance have adopted an innovative approach to drawing attention to this issue, by launching a counterattack against state surveillance.
HRC 28th session: "The violence faced by women human rights defenders has only intensified,” state APC and partners
The adoption of Egypt’s Universal Periodic Review report is taking place on Friday 20 March 2015. NGOs have the opportunity to make an oral statement during this time. This is the statement that ISHR, APC, AWID and FORUM-ASIA put together on behalf of the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition, focusing on the situation of women human rights defenders in Egypt.
We, the promoters of the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms, unanimously adopted and issued the following resolutions.
The Association for Progressive Communications Women’s Rights Programme (APC WRP) has organised the panel “Ending violence against women online: Effective responses to promote women’s rights and safety” to be held on Friday 13 March at 10:30 AM at the Armenian Convention Center, New York, as a side event at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).
Foundation for Media Alternatives contributes to Philippine alternative report on women, media and ICT for CSW 59
“Women, media, and information/communication technology” is the title of the report that Filipino civil society organisations put together to be shared at the discussions taking place at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 59) in New York, from 9 to 20 March 2015. Lisa García, from APC member Foundation for Media Alternatives, explains how the organisation’s work experience and research fed into this report.
Research results are out! From impunity to justice: Exploring corporate and legal remedies for technology-related violence against women
A new series of reports by the Association for Progressive Communications presents findings from a multi-country research project on technology-related violence against women. The research – which reveals a lack of access to justice for survivors – highlights the voices and experiences of women who have faced technology-related VAW and sought justice through state agencies and internet intermediaries. The research identifies available legal remedies, and analyses their strengths and limitations.
Between 9 and 20 March, APC’s Women’s Rights Programme members will be attending the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York. This year the main focus of the session will be on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which turns 20. How far have we come, and how can you participate?