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 statement: Finding the good in the first UN General Assembly resolution on artificial intelligence
Joint statement: Finding the good in the first UN General Assembly resolution on artificial intelligence 10 April 2024 Various

Stakeholders far from UN grounds benefit when states clarify their position on new and emerging technologies and how international law, including international human rights law, and sustainable development commitments apply to fields like artificial intelligence.

Open letter to the Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Cybercrime
Open letter to the Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Cybercrime 09 February 2024 Various

Organisations spanning civil society, industry and the technical community, including APC, urge governments to consider withholding support for the draft UN cybercrime treaty in its current incarnation. If adopted without major changes, this treaty's risks far outweigh its potential benefits.

Joint statement on the proposed cybercrime treaty ahead of the concluding session
Joint statement on the proposed cybercrime treaty ahead of the concluding session 23 January 2024 Various

The statement's signatories, including APC, stress that the proposed UN Cybercrime Convention must be narrowly focused on tackling cybercrime, and not used as a tool to undermine human rights. Unless meaningful changes are made to address current shortcomings, the Convention should be rejected.

Open letter to Sri Lankan government: Withdraw Online Safety Bill to protect people’s rights and future
Open letter to Sri Lankan government: Withdraw Online Safety Bill to protect people’s rights and future 22 January 2024 Various

In light of the grave implications for the freedoms of people in Sri Lanka, APC and over 50 other organisations are calling on the government to withdraw the Online Safety Bill and engage in meaningful, sustained and inclusive consultations, including civil society and human rights experts.

Joint civil society statement on outcomes of the UNGA 78 Third Committee
Joint civil society statement on outcomes of the UNGA 78 Third Committee 21 November 2023 Various

APC and other civil society organisations marked the conclusion of the UN General Assembly's 78th Third Committee session with observations on both thematic and country-specific outcomes, and urged all states to implement the commitments made during this session to their full extent.

Civil society organisations call for tech companies to respect Palestinian digital rights in times of crisis
Civil society organisations call for tech companies to respect Palestinian digital rights in times of crisis 13 October 2023 7amleh and others

APC joins with other human rights and civil society organisations calling on tech companies to urgently address instances of online hate speech, incitement and violent discourse targeting Palestinians.

Digital Rights Asia Pacific Assembly (DRAPAC23) Statement of Solidarity
Digital Rights Asia Pacific Assembly (DRAPAC23) Statement of Solidarity 29 June 2023 Various

The statement, signed by over 100 organisations and individuals, was jointly developed during the DRAPAC23 Assembly convened by EngageMedia and held in Chiang Mai, Thailand from 22 to 26 May 2023. It highlights the increasing threats to digital rights in the region.

Online Safety Bill: Civil society organisations urge UK to protect global digital security and safeguard private communication
Online Safety Bill: Civil society organisations urge UK to protect global digital security and safeguard private communication 27 June 2023 Various

This open letter to the UK government from over 80 national and international civil society organisations, including APC, academics and cyberexperts raises concerns about the serious threat to the security of private and encrypted messaging posed by the Online Safety Bill.

Joint letter regarding civil society participation in the UN Global Digital Compact process
Joint letter regarding civil society participation in the UN Global Digital Compact process 26 May 2023 Various

In this joint letter to the co-facilitators of the Global Digital Compact process, namely Sweden and Rwanda's Permanent Representatives to the UN, APC and over 30 other civil society organisations urge them to ensure meaningful participation of civil society in the discussions.

We call for review and reform of the legal and regulatory framework governing internet shutdowns in India
We call for review and reform of the legal and regulatory framework governing internet shutdowns in India 06 April 2023 Various

India imposed 84 internet shutdowns in 2022, the highest number globally for the fifth year in a row. APC joins a global civil society coalition to urgently ask the Indian government to create meaningful safeguards for citizens' digital rights and ensure unfettered access to an open, secure and reliable internet. 

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