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Bosnia and Herzegovina: Women are vulnerable online, but also speaking up on the internet
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Women are vulnerable online, but also speaking up on the internet 16 December 2013 Analía Lavin

During the last Internet Governance Forum, which took place in October in Bali, Indonesia, Analía Lavin from APCNews talked to Aida Mahmutović, from APC member Owpsee in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Owpsee is one of the national partners of APC’s project “End violence: women’s rights and safety online”. “A lot of young women are using Facebook, and they experience some problems. We are talking to them as part of our research, and they are telling us about upsetting messages they g...

Take action! Dangerous threats to freedom of expression and information in Macedonia
Take action! Dangerous threats to freedom of expression and information in Macedonia 29 August 2013 AL

The government of Macedonia is proposing two media bills (Law on Media and the Law on Audio and Audiovisual Media Service) that, if approved, will severely impact Macedonians’ freedom of information and freedom of expression. These bills come after a strong public opposition to an earlier media reform proposal, where international organisations (including OSCE, Council of Europe, and Euro...

Gender-based violence is hate speech, hate speech is not free speech
Gender-based violence is hate speech, hate speech is not free speech 14 August 2013 OneWorldSEE

From the EuroDIG 2013 (European Dialogue on Internet Governance) at the Council of Europe in Sarajevo on 21 June 2013, a platform for remote participation from Lisbon was organised by Foundation OneWorldSEE (owpsee) in cooperation with the Office of the Council of Europe. In attendance were stakeholders involved in the issue of female and male participants in internet governance (IG) in Bosnia ...

Universal Periodic Review of Macedonia - Joint stakeholder submission
Universal Periodic Review of Macedonia - Joint stakeholder submission 27 June 2013 AG and SF

APC and Metamorphosis Foundation made a joint submission to the United Nations Universal Periodic Review in light of recent changes to laws in Macedonia, particularly with regards to media freedom. These changes effectively threaten fundamental human rights in Macedonia, both online and offline. The submission focuses on freedom of expression, freedom of press, privacy and hate speech.

Freedom of expression under threat in Macedonia
Freedom of expression under threat in Macedonia 27 June 2013 AG

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, visited the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in early June in order to assess the state of freedom of opinion and expression in the country. La Rue met with APC member Metamorphosis Foundation, who has been at the forefront of the fight for freedom of expression, privacy and security, an...

UN member states must hold Azerbaijan to account for deteriorating human rights situation
UN member states must hold Azerbaijan to account for deteriorating human rights situation 30 April 2013

International Partnership Group on Azerbaijan The member states of the United Nations should hold Azerbaijan to account during its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on 30 April 2013 for its failure to protect basic human rights. The International Partnership Group on Azerbaijan, coordinated by ARTICLE 19, and local organisations urge the UN to take Azerbaijan to task for failing to implement the ...

Digital security training for WHRDs in Istanbul
Digital security training for WHRDs in Istanbul 05 April 2013 Jennifer Radloff

“Cross-country cross-cultural exchange would also help break the gender stereotypes and cultural restrictions to women’s rights and build towards ending their dependency on men or others to address their digital security needs.” [Mary Jane Real, WHRD IC] From 19 to 22 March 2013, Women Human Rights Defenders met in Istanbul for a Training of Trainers workshop on digital security. Par...

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