Statements and submissions

Joint statement on initiatives to "counter and prevent violent extremism”
Joint statement on initiatives to "counter and prevent violent extremism” 08 February 2016 Various

This joint written submission raises serious concerns regarding the potential impact of initiatives to counter and “prevent violent extremism” on the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Call for clarity on terms of lifting of YouTube ban in Pakistan
Call for clarity on terms of lifting of YouTube ban in Pakistan 25 January 2016 Bytes for All Pakistan and APC

A recent statement issued by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) claimed that Google has “promised” to remove any material deemed offensive by the PTA from YouTube.

Open letter to the leaders of the world’s governments on security for all
Open letter to the leaders of the world’s governments on security for all 12 January 2016 Various

Governments should reject laws, policies, or other mandates or practices, including secret agreements with companies, that limit access to or undermine encryption and other secure communications tools and technologies.

APC member Avri Doria at WSIS+10 High Level Meeting
APC member Avri Doria at WSIS+10 High Level Meeting 23 December 2015 Avri Doria

"I want to thank the member states who have produced an outcome that not only does no harm to the Internet but offers opportunities for us to reinforce the global Internet as a resource that is to be shared equitably by all people."

Latin American organisations demand guarantees for the right to freedom of expression
Latin American organisations demand guarantees for the right to freedom of expression 23 December 2015

Organisations defending and promoting the right to freedom of expression in Latin America, deeply concerned at the extent of media concentration in the Latin American region, issue the following declaration.

Open Letter to Blackberry regarding Pakistan's push for backdoor access and its new cybercrime bill
Open Letter to Blackberry regarding Pakistan's push for backdoor access and its new cybercrime bill 23 December 2015

Dear Chief Executive John Chen and Chief Operating Officer Marty Beard We applaud your decision to stand up for the right to privacy of users in Pakistan by pledging to leave the market because of government demands for direct access to your servers. As international organizations that advocate for privacy and freedom of expression online, we urge you to continue to respect the privacy of users...

Open letter to the Nigerian Senate on the Frivolous Petitions Prohibition Bill (aka “Social Media” Bill)
Open letter to the Nigerian Senate on the Frivolous Petitions Prohibition Bill (aka “Social Media” Bill) 17 December 2015

We are a coalition of Nigerian, African, and international organisations writing to you about the proposed Frivolous Petitions (Prohibitions, etc) Bill that has provisions for social media regulation.

Statement from the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) for the WSIS+10 High Level Meeting
Statement from the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) for the WSIS+10 High Level Meeting 16 December 2015 APC

The Association for Progressive Communications is a global non-governmental network with 70 members in more than 47 countries, mostly from the global south. APC has been mobilising the power of ICTs for social justice and development for the last 25 years, and has participated in the WSIS process since its inception. We are pleased that the Outcome reaffirms the WSIS principles of a people-cent...

Letter to Member States of the United Nations General Assembly: Vote in favour of Human Rights Defenders resolution in General Assembly plenary
Letter to Member States of the United Nations General Assembly: Vote in favour of Human Rights Defenders resolution in General Assembly plenary 12 December 2015

A group of human rights defenders and civil society organizations located across the world working at national, regional and international levels seek clear support for the resolution entitled ”Human Rights Defenders in the context of the Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and...

Alex Comninos' Preliminary Comments on the South Africa Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill
Alex Comninos' Preliminary Comments on the South Africa Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill 02 December 2015 Alex Comminos

Preliminary Comments on the South Africa Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill (Draft for Public Comment). Submitted independently by Alex Comninos (MsocSci International Relations – University of Cape Town), Independent Researcher and Doctoral Candidate Justus Liebig University Giessen.