ESCRs

Recognising the threat of internet shutdowns: Cameroon at the CESCR
Recognising the threat of internet shutdowns: Cameroon at the CESCR 06 May 2019 Mehar Gujral

“The internet was being used to promote racial hatred […] so we were forced to temporarily shut down internet services until we were able to take control of the situation,” stated Minister of External Affairs of Cameroon Lejeune Mbella Mbella to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) during the country’s review at the Committee on 20 and 21 February. The CESCR oversees the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultur...

Joint NGO report to UN Committee: Internet shutdowns in Cameroon violate economic, social and cultural rights
Joint NGO report to UN Committee: Internet shutdowns in Cameroon violate economic, social and cultural rights 05 February 2019 Mehar Gujral

Intentional disruptions of internet access – commonly known as internet shutdowns – restrict a range of human rights, including economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs). Ahead of Cameroon’s review at the 65th session of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) (18 February-8 March 2019), where the government’s compliance with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) will be examined, APC, together with Access Now and Inter...

Cameroon: Parallel report to the 65th session of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Cameroon: Parallel report to the 65th session of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights 04 February 2019 Access Now, APC and Internet Sans Frontières

This report focuses on the relationship between meaningful access to the internet and the enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs) in Cameroon, and in particular, the violation of these rights that come with internet shutdowns. Accordingly, it relates to articles 1, 2, 6, 12, 13 and 15 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). While access ...

UN Committee: Accessible and affordable internet is critical for economic, social and cultural rights in South Africa
UN Committee: Accessible and affordable internet is critical for economic, social and cultural rights in South Africa 21 November 2018 Mehar Gujral for APCNews

“We welcome your critique regarding access to the internet and agree with most, if not all, of your criticisms,” stated South Africa’s Deputy Minister of International Relations Luwellyn Landers to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights during the country’s first review at the Committee, which took place on 2 and 3 October. The UN Committee on Economic, Soc...

Supplemental Coalition Report for South Africa's Review at the 64th Session of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (July 2018)
Supplemental Coalition Report for South Africa's Review at the 64th Session of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (July 2018) 10 September 2018 Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and Right2Know Campaign (R2K)

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and the Right2Know Campaign (R2K) welcome the opportunity to submit this Parallel Coalition Report to the 64th session (24 September 2018 to 12 October 2018) of the Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (CESCR). This Parallel Coalition Report (Second Coalition Report) is submitted to the CESCR to as...

Action Steps: A decade of civil society advocacy in the information society - A baseline review of the Global Information Society Watch country reports (2007-2017)
Action Steps: A decade of civil society advocacy in the information society - A baseline review of the Global Information Society Watch country reports (2007-2017) 06 August 2018 Alan Finlay

The purpose of this review was to look back over the past decade of country reports published in Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) and attempt to identify trends in civil society perspectives on what needed to be done to create a people-centred information society. The period for analysis was, more accurately, just over a decade: 2007-2017, during which a GISWatch report was produced ...

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 Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and Right2Know Campaign (R2K)

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and the Right2Know Campaign (R2K) welcome the opportunity to submit this parallel coalition report and submission on the List of Issues (LOIs) to the 61st session (9-13 October 2017) of the Pre-Sessional Working Group (PSWG) of the Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (CESCR). This parallel re...

A feminist action framework on development and digital technologies
A feminist action framework on development and digital technologies 29 May 2017 Anita Gurumurthy and Nandini Chami

Through a feminist lens that brings together economic justice and gender justice concerns, this paper traces the key elements of the right to access, right to knowledge and right to development in the network society context. It highlights how this three-pronged approach to scoping the “right to communicate” can serve as a guiding framework for feminist analysis and action at the intersecti...

A history of feminist engagement with development and digital technologies
A history of feminist engagement with development and digital technologies 29 May 2017 Anita Gurumurthy

As the warp and weft of all social systems change with the indelible mark of the internet and digital technologies, there is a destabilisation of norms and rules. This is true for national and global institutions – from trade, commerce, financial markets, work arrangements, etc. to social and cultural arenas of communication, media and knowledge. The flux we are witness to can be harnessed by...

Role of internet in realising sexual and reproductive rights in Uganda: Interview with Allana Kembabazi
Role of internet in realising sexual and reproductive rights in Uganda: Interview with Allana Kembabazi 13 January 2017 Tarryn Booysen

The Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) 2016 focuses on economic, social, cultural rights (ESCRs) and the link it has to the internet. Does the internet enable or disable the realisation of ESCRs? The internet is often linked to issues such as censorship, privacy and cyber bullying. But very few question whether the internet could actually be linked to everyday basic needs. In a world t...

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