Statements and submissions

APC welcomes UNGA resolution calling for effective measures to protect right to privacy in the digital age in the face of increasing challenges
APC welcomes UNGA resolution calling for effective measures to protect right to privacy in the digital age in the face of increasing challenges 21 November 2016

APC welcomes the UN General Assembly’s adoption of the resolution on the right to privacy in the digital age and expresses appreciation for the leadership by Brazil and Germany. This year’s UNGA resolution, the third on this topic, adds substantive language on the role of the private sector.

Crackdown on Bersih 2.0: APC condemns relentless attacks on freedom of assembly in Malaysia
Crackdown on Bersih 2.0: APC condemns relentless attacks on freedom of assembly in Malaysia 18 November 2016

On 18 November, Maria Chin Abdullah, chairperson of Bersih 2.0 (the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections), and Mandeep Singh, manager of Bersih’s secretariat, were arrested, and the offices of Bersih 2.0 were raided, on the eve of a major rally in the Malaysian capital.

APC remarks on matter concerning allegations of sexual harassment by specific staff members of an APC member organisation
APC remarks on matter concerning allegations of sexual harassment by specific staff members of an APC member organisation 02 November 2016

In the course of the past few years APC has been publicly criticised in relation to how we addressed complaints brought to our attention of sexual harassment and abuse committed by specific staff of an APC member organisation.

APC welcomes landmark HRC resolution condemning threats to women journalists and restrictions on encryption
APC welcomes landmark HRC resolution condemning threats to women journalists and restrictions on encryption 29 September 2016

APC welcomes the adoption of the safety of journalists resolution, in particular its condemnation of the specific attacks on women journalists in their work, and commends the HRC for becoming the first UN body to call on states to not interfere with the use of encryption and anonymity tools.

Policy submission: Alternatives for Affordable Communications in rural South Africa
Policy submission: Alternatives for Affordable Communications in rural South Africa 15 September 2016

This joint submission to the Parliament of South Africa hearings on "The Cost to Communicate in South Africa" focuses on innovative regulatory responses to increase affordable rural access, and presents alternatives for policy implementation that could contribute to meeting service targets.

APC condemns the affront to democracy in Brazil
APC condemns the affront to democracy in Brazil 05 September 2016

APC firmly condemns the decision of the Brazilian Senate to dismiss President Dilma Rousseff. This decision deeply undermines the democratic system in Brazil, as well as the political stability and the development of progressive and inclusive policies for the country.

APC contribution to the ITU Council Working Group on International Internet-related Public Policy Issues: Open consultation on “Building an enabling environment for access to the Internet”
APC contribution to the ITU Council Working Group on International Internet-related Public Policy Issues: Open consultation on “Building an enabling environment for access to the Internet” 01 September 2016

APC’s input to the open consultation reflects particularly on the reasons why digital exclusion persists and offers some suggestions to address it.

Suggestions for internet-related human rights questions to be included in the list of issues on Pakistan, Human Rights Committee 120th session, June-July 2017
Suggestions for internet-related human rights questions to be included in the list of issues on Pakistan, Human Rights Committee 120th session, June-July 2017 30 August 2016

This joint submission encourages the Committee to seek information from the government of Pakistan concerning the exercise of human rights online.

Feminist Principles of the Internet - Version 2.0
Feminist Principles of the Internet - Version 2.0 19 August 2016

A feminist internet works towards empowering more women and queer persons – in all our diversities – to fully enjoy our rights, engage in pleasure and play, and dismantle patriarchy. The following key principles are critical towards realising a feminist internet.

In spite of continued objections over serious human rights implications, Pakistan’s new cyber crime bill passes through: Joint statement by Media Matters for Democracy, Bytes for All, Pakistan and APC
In spite of continued objections over serious human rights implications, Pakistan’s new cyber crime bill passes through: Joint statement by Media Matters for Democracy, Bytes for All, Pakistan and APC 12 August 2016

Pakistan’s controversial cyber crime bill is poised to become a law after the National Assembly passed it today. Media Matters for Democracy, Bytes for All, Pakistan and APC remain extremely concerned over the failure of legislators to ensure that the law fulfils basic human rights standards.