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CSW58: Conclusions point to digital gender gap as impediment to exercise of human rights Pergamino 25 March 2014 By Flavia Fascendini for APCNews

The APC Women’s Rights Programme was present at the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58), which took place in New York on 10-21 March 2014. This year’s priority theme was “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for wom...

Turkey violates human rights by banning Twitter NEW YORK 21 March 2014 By APCNews

Online freedoms absent and sexual rights rejected in Nigeria's Universal Periodic Review
Online freedoms absent and sexual rights rejected in Nigeria's Universal Periodic Review 20 March 2014 By Maureen Nwobodo and Shawna Finnegan for APCNews

Civil society groups spoke out today at the Human Rights Council 25th session in Geneva as Nigeria rejects recommendations to ensure the universality of human rights as part of its Universal Periodic Review. In a joint oral statement endorsed by Fantsuam Foundation, PEN Nigeria, and CIVICUS, represe...

2014 ASEAN Civil Society Conference to address freedom of expression and women's human rights online
2014 ASEAN Civil Society Conference to address freedom of expression and women's human rights online 20 March 2014 By Flavia Fascendini for APCNews

The 2014 ASEAN Civil Society Conference will take place on March 21-23 in Myanmar and will address issues such as freedom of expression, privacy, and women’s human rights in evolving digital information societies. The theme of the forum is “Advancing ASEAN people’s solidarity towar...

NGOs disappointed by weak promises on human rights in Malaysia
NGOs disappointed by weak promises on human rights in Malaysia COMANGO 20 March 2014 By COMANGO

The United Nations Human Rights Council officially adopted the outcome report on Malaysia’s second universal periodic review (UPR) today. In total, the Malaysian government accepted 150 recommendations out of the 232 that it received during the review in October 2013. Disappointingly, Malaysia rej...

LAC countries submit position letter on CSW58 agreed conclusions
LAC countries submit position letter on CSW58 agreed conclusions 19 March 2014 By Flavia Fascendini for APCNews

The position of Latin American and Caribbean countries on the CSW58 agreed conclusions emphasises the inseparable link that exists between human rights and development. Nevertheless, the signing organisations, which include APC, also express deep concern over certain comments issued by a small group...

Leading up to the Beijing Review: Strategising for Section J
Leading up to the Beijing Review: Strategising for Section J Isis International 19 March 2014 By Isis International

A strategising meeting for Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA) Section J was held on 13 March at the Vienna Cafe in the UN Building during this year’s UNCSW 58. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Isis International, the Women and Med...

CSW58: Jan Moolman from APC explains centrality of media and ICTs in conversations about development
CSW58: Jan Moolman from APC explains centrality of media and ICTs in conversations about development 17 March 2014 By Gender Links for APCNews

As part of an NGO parallel event at CSW58, hosted by the Southern Africa Gender Protocol Alliance and Gender Links, Jan Moolman, Women’s Rights Programme project coordinator from the Association for Progressive Communications, explains how important information and communication technologies (...