Middle East and North Africa
Every 66 seconds a post inciting hatred against Palestinians was shared on social media platforms in 2018. Almost half a million calls for violent actions and racist slurs were registered. These are some of the revelations in the Index of Racism 2018 launched by APC member 7amleh.
APC and 7amleh-The Arab Centre for Social Media Advancement submitted this statement ahead of the Human Rights Council 40th session to express their concern about the upsurge in the number of laws being put forth by Israeli legislators that violate the right to privacy and freedom of expression.
Launched in English and Arabic, this new report from 7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media details the Israeli control over the Palestinian ICT infrastructure in the West Bank and Gaza and its impact on the digital rights of the Palestinian people.
The report analyses the abstention of the online payment company PayPal and the impact of this stance on the Palestinian economy.
The forum will be attended by organisations working on digital media and digital rights, including APC, Deutsche Welle, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, along with activists, journalists, students and jurists from the West Bank, Jerusalem, Haifa, Taybeh and Gaza Strip.
As we are nearing the end of 2018, we want to remember the human rights defenders from our community who are currently facing prison, disappeared or have been killed in retaliation for their work.
7amleh – The Arab Center for the Development of Social Media and the Swedish Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation published a comprehensive research report on the phenomenon of gender-based violence in social networks and the internet, the first of its kind in Palestine and the region.
We the undersigned civil society organisations call on the international community, including the United Nations, multilateral and regional institutions as well as democratic governments committed to the freedom of expression, to take immediate steps to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for grave human rights violations.
7amleh Center has been laying the foundations for awareness and advocacy on digital rights in Palestine through the publication of groundbreaking research and bringing key policy makers to engage with Palestinian civil society in the first-ever Palestine Digital Activism Forum (PDAF) in Ramallah.