ARTICLE 19

ARTICLE 19 envisages a world where people are free to speak their opinions, participate in decision making, and make informed choices about their lives. ARTICLE 19 is campaigning with people around the world for the right to exercise these rights. It has offices in Bangladesh, Brazil, Kenya, Mexico, Tunisia, Senegal and the UK, and works in collaboration with 90 partners worldwide. In 2001, ARTICLE 19 supported APC for the development of the Civil Society and ICT Policy workshop in Africa.

Joint NGO letter: Civil society’s expectations for the Human Rights Council in 2022
Joint NGO letter: Civil society’s expectations for the Human Rights Council in 2022 25 January 2022 Various

In this open letter to the incoming president of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), APC and other organisations take the opportunity to voice a series of recommendations to ensure effective civil society participation in the upcoming 16th cycle of the HRC.

Release of the Human Rights Impact Assessment of Facebook in India
Release of the Human Rights Impact Assessment of Facebook in India 21 January 2022 Various

In 2020, Facebook (now Meta) commissioned the law firm Foley Hoag to conduct a Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA) to evaluate its role in spreading hate speech and incitement to violence on its services in India. A year and a half later, the HRIA has not yet been released.

Exposed: Civil society condemns use of Pegasus in El Salvador to spy on journalists and activists
Exposed: Civil society condemns use of Pegasus in El Salvador to spy on journalists and activists 19 January 2022 Various

The undersigned organisations condemn the use of NSO Group’s Pegasus technology in El Salvador for the surveillance of journalists and civil society, as initially flagged by local independent media and confirmed through a joint investigation by global and regional civil society organisations.

Joint NGO letter urging EU targeted sanctions against NSO Group
Joint NGO letter urging EU targeted sanctions against NSO Group 03 December 2021 Various

Following revelations that Israeli NSO Group’s Pegasus Spyware was used to hack the devices of six Palestinian human rights activists, we urge the EU to take serious and effective measures against NSO Group, including its designation under the EU’s global human rights sanctions regime.

International civil society warns about the dangers to the exercise of rights of the bill to regulate digital platforms presented in Chile
International civil society warns about the dangers to the exercise of rights of the bill to regulate digital platforms presented in Chile 24 November 2021 Various

APC joins other organisations and individuals to express concern over Digital Platforms Regulation Bill Nº 14.561-19, which is being discussed in the Chilean congress. The bill establishes rules that end up being dangerous for the exercise of fundamental rights on the internet.

Joint civil society statement on outcomes of the UNGA 76 Third Committee
Joint civil society statement on outcomes of the UNGA 76 Third Committee 19 November 2021 Various

APC and other civil society organisations marked the conclusion of the UN General Assembly's 76th Third Committee session with these observations on both thematic and country-specific resolutions. We urge all states to implement the commitments made in these resolutions to their full extent.

Urgent call to action: HRC 48 joint NGO letter on Pegasus
Urgent call to action: HRC 48 joint NGO letter on Pegasus 01 October 2021 Various

APC and other civil  society organisations call on UN Human Rights Council (HRC) member states to take urgent action at the ongoing 48th HRC session to denounce the unfolding and unprecedented scale of human rights violations by states facilitated by the use of the NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware.

Joint open letter by civil society organisations and independent experts calling on states to implement an immediate moratorium on the sale, transfer and use of surveillance technology
Joint open letter by civil society organisations and independent experts calling on states to implement an immediate moratorium on the sale, transfer and use of surveillance technology 26 July 2021 Various

Dozens of civil society organisations and independent experts joined forces to express their alarm at the media revelations that NSO Group’s spyware has been used to facilitate human rights violations around the world on a massive scale and to call on states to take immediate measures.

HRC47: Joint oral statement on internet shutdowns in the context of protests
HRC47: Joint oral statement on internet shutdowns in the context of protests 01 July 2021 ARTICLE 19, Access Now and APC

In recognition of the 250 organisations in the #KeepItOn Coalition against internet shutdowns, we urge all states to immediately and unconditionally cease shutting down, throttling, or blocking the internet.

End the wave of digital censorship in India
End the wave of digital censorship in India 11 June 2021 Various

APC joins with other civil society organisations to denounce the escalating situation of digital authoritarianism in India, including the efforts to intimidate web platforms into compliance with the government's censorship measures.

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