Statements and submissions

Parallel Coalition Report and Submission on the List of issues to the 61st session of the Pre-Sessional Working Group of the Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights
Parallel Coalition Report and Submission on the List of issues to the 61st session of the Pre-Sessional Working Group of the Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights 04 September 2017

APC, Media Monitoring Africa, and the Right2Know Campaign welcome the opportunity to submit this parallel coalition report and submission on the List of Issues (LOIs) to the 61st session of the Pre-Sessional Working Group of the Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. This parallel report is submitted in response to the Government of South Africa’s Initial Report to the CESCR dated 25 April 2017.

Analytical summary of national responses to Special Rapporteur David Kaye’s report to the UN Human Rights Council 35th session
Analytical summary of national responses to Special Rapporteur David Kaye’s report to the UN Human Rights Council 35th session 30 August 2017

The latest report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression focused on the role of digital access providers in ensuring the provision of human rights, with a particular focus on private actors’ responsibilities.

Statement on Facebook's internal guidelines for content moderation
Statement on Facebook's internal guidelines for content moderation 11 August 2017

In late May the Guardian released the Facebook Files, leaked internal documents revealing how the company moderates content. Although Facebook has made some improvements, these documents confirm that it's often one step forward, one step back, as the platform continues to censor women's agency, especially women of colour and especially in relation to activism, while letting harassment flou...

APC submission to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) CWG-Internet consultation on public policy considerations for OTTs
APC submission to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) CWG-Internet consultation on public policy considerations for OTTs 31 July 2017

With the steady expansion of affordable broadband services, OTTs are beginning to have a significant impact on some of the revenue streams of many traditional telecommunication infrastructure operators.

APC statement at the WSIS Forum 2017 High-Level Policy Session
APC statement at the WSIS Forum 2017 High-Level Policy Session 05 July 2017

Access to information and knowledge has been recognised as a key principle for achieving the WSIS vision since 2003. Information and knowledge for all are key for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals because they link to empowerment and mobility, enabling people to improve their lives.

HRC 35: APC oral statement on bridging the gender digital divide
HRC 35: APC oral statement on bridging the gender digital divide 15 June 2017

Oral statement on bridging the gender digital divide delivered by APC's Deborah Brown under Item 3: General Debate, at the 35th session of the UN Human Rights Council, 14 June 2017.

On the harm to our fundamental rights online under the extended state of emergency in Venezuela
On the harm to our fundamental rights online under the extended state of emergency in Venezuela 09 June 2017

On May 16, 2017, the Venezuelan government issued Executive Order 2489, which extends the “state of emergency” in Venezuela that has been in place since May 2016. This new extension authorizes internet policing and content filtering. This measure deepens the existing restrictions to the free flow of information.

Joint written statement submitted by APC to the 35th session of the Human Rights Council: Criminalisation of online expression in Asia
Joint written statement submitted by APC to the 35th session of the Human Rights Council: Criminalisation of online expression in Asia 15 May 2017

APC and the organisations supporting this joint statement welcome the report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Mr. David Kaye, to be presented at the 35th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC).

Women Human Rights Defenders condemn online threats against Bondita Acharya
Women Human Rights Defenders condemn online threats against Bondita Acharya 02 May 2017

As the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition, we express our outrage at the vicious attacks directed against Bondita Acharya, the northeast India regional coordinator of Human Rights Defenders Alert and a member of the Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression network.

APC statement in solidarity with Hungarian civil society and Central European University
APC statement in solidarity with Hungarian civil society and Central European University 27 April 2017

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) expresses its solidarity with civil society in Hungary, who are facing unjustifiable attacks from the government aimed at stigmatising them and undermining their credibility.