Statements and submissions

Joint written statement submitted by APC to the 34th session of the Human Rights Council: Freedom of expression and religion in Asia
Joint written statement submitted by APC to the 34th session of the Human Rights Council: Freedom of expression and religion in Asia 16 February 2017

APC and the organisations supporting this joint statement welcome the appointment of Dr. Ahmed Shaheed as the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief and his report to be presented at the 34th session of the Human Rights Council.

APC's statement on the internet shutdown in Cameroon
APC's statement on the internet shutdown in Cameroon 30 January 2017

APC notes with grave concern the restrictions on internet access – commonly known as internet shutdowns – ordered by the government of Cameroon, which have been in effect since 17 January 2017.

Written submission from APC in response to the Draft Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill, South Africa
Written submission from APC in response to the Draft Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill, South Africa 30 January 2017

APC’s submission in response to the invitation issued by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development of South Africa for written representations.

APC input to the IGF stocktaking consultation - January 2017
APC input to the IGF stocktaking consultation - January 2017 27 January 2017

In January 2017, the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Secretariat organised a public consultation, inviting IGF stakeholders to submit inputs to take stock of the 2016 programming, preparatory process, community intersessional activities and the 11th annual IGF.

APC input for the CSTD WSIS Progress Report 2016
APC input for the CSTD WSIS Progress Report 2016 25 January 2017

APC's inputs towards the elaboration of the annual report to the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) on the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).

Submission to the CSTD Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation from the Association for Progressive Communications
Submission to the CSTD Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation from the Association for Progressive Communications 23 January 2017

With regard to enhanced cooperation on policy issues pertaining to the internet, APC stresses that enhanced cooperation should aim to improve and democratise the governance of the internet at all levels, not only to establish more equitable influence for and among sovereign states.

APC's priorities for the 11th Internet Governance Forum, Guadalajara, 2016
APC's priorities for the 11th Internet Governance Forum, Guadalajara, 2016 02 December 2016

The 11th annual IGF will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico on 5-9 December 2016. This document provides a roundup of key internet-related policy developments since the 2015 IGF, APC's priorities and key activities at IGF 2016,  and our reflections on strengthening the IGF and related institutions.

Organisations condemn the abuse of power by the police in raiding the office of EMPOWER
Organisations condemn the abuse of power by the police in raiding the office of EMPOWER 01 December 2016

APC along with Bytes for All, Pakistan and Digital Empowerment Foundation, India strongly condemn the harassment of human rights defenders in Malaysia through the raiding of the office of Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) and the confiscation of important documents.  

#KeepitOn: Joint letter on the internet and the election in Gambia
#KeepitOn: Joint letter on the internet and the election in Gambia 30 November 2016

A joint letter from APC and other organisations to Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, calling for the stability and openness of the internet to be ensured during the forthcoming elections in Gambia on 1 December.    

APC welcomes ACHPR Resolution on the Right to Freedom of Information and Expression on the Internet in Africa
APC welcomes ACHPR Resolution on the Right to Freedom of Information and Expression on the Internet in Africa 24 November 2016

APC welcomes the Resolution on the Right to Freedom of Expression on the Internet in Africa adopted by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights on 4 November, and is especially pleased that the resolution recognises the value of the African Declaration of Internet Rights and Freedoms.