Statements and submissions

On the attacks of the Temer government against the Internet Steering Committee in Brazil
On the attacks of the Temer government against the Internet Steering Committee in Brazil 11 August 2017 Brazil Coalition on Network Rights

After the recent events affecting the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br) and the rights of internet users in Brazil, we express solidarity with the Brazilian people in general and in particular with our friends and colleagues, including APC organisational member Nupef, the CGI.br, and the many Brazilian civil society organisations we work with. Today we want to share this statement on the attacks of the Temer government against the Internet Steering Committee in Bra...

APC condemns restrictions on civil society at WTO summit, calls on Argentine government to facilitate NGO participation
APC condemns restrictions on civil society at WTO summit, calls on Argentine government to facilitate NGO participation 07 December 2017

Sixty-three civil society experts ― trade unionists, development advocates, digital rights activists, environmentalists, and others ―  had their accreditation rescinded and are prevented from attending the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference taking place on 10-13 December in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This decision by the Argentine government is unprecedented in the history of the WTO.

Just Net Coalition: A call for openness and transparency in rulemaking for the internet
Just Net Coalition: A call for openness and transparency in rulemaking for the internet 05 December 2017 Just Net Coalition

We call on the internet community to invite national governments to refrain from discussing internet-related matters in the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Global Conference on Cyberspace 2017: Civil society messages
Global Conference on Cyberspace 2017: Civil society messages 24 November 2017 Civil society organisations and individuals

A free, open and secure cyberspace underpinned by human rights and democratic values is a prerequisite to socio-economic development. To this end, we must recognise that people are at the center of all technological advancements and therefore policies that seek to regulate technologies should be people-centric and ultimately aid in the development of human beings to the best of their abilities.

APC's letter in support of human rights activist Chelsea Manning after she was turned away at the Canadian border
APC's letter in support of human rights activist Chelsea Manning after she was turned away at the Canadian border 23 October 2017 APC

Over 40 prominent civil society organisations, elected officials, university professors and professionals have sent letters in support of human rights activist Chelsea Manning, who was recently turned away at the Canadian border. This is the letter sent by APC and North American members LaborNet and May First/People Link calling on the Canadian government to reverse its decision to bar Ms. Mann...

Bangladesh: Joint submission on freedom of speech, expression and thought under the Third Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review
Bangladesh: Joint submission on freedom of speech, expression and thought under the Third Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review 17 October 2017 Sultana Kamal (CSA) and Gayatri Khandhadai (APC)

This joint submission was prepared after extensive consultations and closed group meetings with civil society organisations, the media and the academic community in Bangladesh, in addition to extensive monitoring and desk review.

Joint submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review 2018 Cycle – Cameroon
Joint submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review 2018 Cycle – Cameroon 10 October 2017

This is a joint submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review on its 2018 Cycle for Cameroon, by Access Now, ADISI-Cameroun, APC and Internet Sans Frontières. The organisations submitting this report consider that Cameroon can improve its human rights record and treatment of digital rights in several areas and make recommendations to the government of Cameroon...

Braamfontein communiqué on the role of national human rights institutions in protecting and promoting human rights online in Africa
Braamfontein communiqué on the role of national human rights institutions in protecting and promoting human rights online in Africa 21 September 2017

The participants at the Roundtable on “The Role of National Human Rights Institutions in Protecting and Promoting Human Rights Online” held in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa, from 26 to 28 May 2017, developed a communiqué that provides a set of recommendations to the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions and its members encouraging them to consider ...

APC calls for an end to restrictions on freedom of expression in Catalonia
APC calls for an end to restrictions on freedom of expression in Catalonia 20 September 2017 APC

APC is concerned at news that access to and use of the internet is being restricted in Catalonia, as part of a trend to curtail freedom of expression in the context of the call for a referendum to decide the future status of the region.

Turkey: Secure digital communications are essential for human rights - Joint oral statement at the UN Human Rights Council 36th Session
Turkey: Secure digital communications are essential for human rights - Joint oral statement at the UN Human Rights Council 36th Session 19 September 2017 Various

APC and over 60 organisations  express grave concern about the growing crackdown by states on the use of secure digital communications. In particular, we highlight Turkey's  arrest and continued pre-trial detention of IT consultant Ali Gharavi and non-violence trainer Peter Steudtner on 5 July.