Statements and submissions

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 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.

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

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...

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 ...

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

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.

Civil society organisations write to international bodies over internet shutdown in Togo
Civil society organisations write to international bodies over internet shutdown in Togo 14 September 2017

A coalition of some 35 civil society organisations has written to several international bodies including the African Union and the United Nations Human Rights Council over the recent internet shutdown in Togo.

Contribution from the Association for Progressive Communications to the Review of the 2012 International Telecommunication Regulations
Contribution from the Association for Progressive Communications to the Review of the 2012 International Telecommunication Regulations 08 September 2017

APC welcomes the opportunity to make this contribution to the second meeting of the Expert Group on International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs). APC, a Sector Member of ITU-D and ITU-R, is an international network of civil society organisations concerned with ICTs, the internet, development and rights. APC followed the WCIT-12 process very closely, and contributed to the extent possible ...

Joint CSO Statement on South Africa UPR Recommendations
Joint CSO Statement on South Africa UPR Recommendations 08 September 2017

This joint statement of the South African Civil Society Organisations (SA CSOs) – Human Rights Institute of South Africa, Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, and the Association for Progressive Communications - welcomes the recommendations passed on South Africa by the Human Rights Council (HRC) in May 2017. The aforementioned organisations together with the Khulumani Support...

HRC 36: Secure digital communications in Turkey are essential for human rights
HRC 36: Secure digital communications in Turkey are essential for human rights 07 September 2017

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and IFEX submitted a written statement ahead of the Human Rights Council’s 36th session to express their grave concern about the growing crackdown on the use of secure digital communications, and in particular the arrest and pre-trial detention of IT consultant Ali Gharavi and non-violence and wellbeing trainer Peter Steudtner, togethe...

Human rights in digital environments in the Philippines
Human rights in digital environments in the Philippines 07 September 2017

The Association for Progressive Communications and the Foundation for Media Alternatives, a non-governmental organisation based in the Philippines, would like to call the attention of the Human Rights Council to concerns relating to the Philippines’ Universal Periodic Review (UPR) during the 27th session of the Working Group on the UPR. APC and FMA welcome the participation of the Govern...

Universal Periodic Review: Criminalisation of Online Expression in Asia
Universal Periodic Review: Criminalisation of Online Expression in Asia 07 September 2017

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and organisations supporting this joint statement express concern over the lack of attention to the shrinking space for human rights online in India during the 3rd cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).