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End of session statement presented at the 41st session of the Human Rights Council
End of session statement presented at the 41st session of the Human Rights Council 12 July 2019 Various

Speaker: Salma El Hosseiny By renewing the mandate of the Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI), the Council has sent a clear message that violence and discrimination against people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities cannot be tolerated. It reaffirmed that specific, sustained and systematic attention is needed to address these human rights violations and ensure that LGBT people can live a life of dignity. We welcome the Core Group's commitment t...

HRC40 side event: Defending expression and diversity of religion and belief or non-belief in the digital age
HRC40 side event: Defending expression and diversity of religion and belief or non-belief in the digital age 01 March 2019

The Association for Progressive Communications, FORUM-ASIA and Humanists International invite you to a side event to discuss freedom of expression and diversity of religion and belief or non-belief in online spaces. Religion and peoples’ experiences as a result of their belief or non-belief is a highly popular topic of discussion in online spaces. While the UN Special Rapporteurs on freedom of religion or belief have repeatedly called for more inclusive societies and the decriminalisation o...

Human Rights Council 38th session: Joint end of session statement
Human Rights Council 38th session: Joint end of session statement 06 July 2018 Various

Joint Statement by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, DefendDefenders (East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project), Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF), International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), International Lesbian...

The impact of violence against women human rights defenders and women’s organisations in digital spaces: Joint oral statement at the Human Rights Council 38th session
The impact of violence against women human rights defenders and women’s organisations in digital spaces: Joint oral statement at the Human Rights Council 38th session 21 June 2018 ISHR, Amnesty International, APC, AWID, FORUM-ASIA and OMCT on behalf of the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition

38th session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 3 - Joint Oral Statement Panel on impact of violence against women human rights defenders and women’s organisations in digital spaces Thank you Chair and distinguished panelists, ISHR, Amnesty International, the Association for Progressive Communications, AWID, FORUM-ASIA and OMCT are pleased to put forward some inputs to this panel on behalf o...

Human rights review: An account of online and offline shrinking spaces in Pakistan
Human rights review: An account of online and offline shrinking spaces in Pakistan 20 November 2017 Bytes for All, Pakistan, Association for Progressive Communications and Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development

The submission was prepared after consultations and closed group meetings with civil society organisations (CSOs), media and academia in Pakistan. Around 30 individuals from these stakeholder groups attended the meetings. An extensive monitoring and desk review was also part of the methodology. The status of accepted recommendations by the state during the first and second cycles of the UPR was...

Promotion of the right to freedom of expression in Asia: Regional consultation
Promotion of the right to freedom of expression in Asia: Regional consultation 28 September 2017

Freedom of assembly, association, expression and religion are interconnected rights that people are increasingly using the internet to exercise. Within this context, backlash has come in the form of restrictions placed on these fundamental freedoms by States and outright attacks by non state actors. In Asia, evidence of these trends is seen through examples such as the introduction of new legis...

Briefing paper: Desecrating expression
Briefing paper: Desecrating expression 26 March 2017 Peter Jacob

Through interviews with different stakeholders and experts, Bytes for All, Pakistan, in collaboration with other CSOs in the region, importantly Forum Asia, carried out a qualitative mapping of the general climate around freedom of expression in Asia and the challenges faced. The assertions in this paper benefit from the mapping exercise that involved nine Asian countries, namely Bangladesh, In...

Desecrating Expression: An account of freedom of expression and religion in Asia
Desecrating Expression: An account of freedom of expression and religion in Asia 15 December 2016 Gayatri Khandhadai

Desecrating Expression: An account of freedom of expression and religion in Asia builds on the global discussion around the intersection between the right to freedom of expression and the right to freedom of religion. The study focuses on nine countries in Asia – Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam – which each have seen a significant n...

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