freedom of expression

Written submission from APC in response to the Draft Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill, South Africa
Written submission from APC in response to the Draft Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill, South Africa 30 January 2017 APC

APC’s submission in response to the invitation issued by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development of South Africa for written representations as input on the Draft Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill.

APC's statement on the internet shutdown in Cameroon
APC's statement on the internet shutdown in Cameroon 30 January 2017 APC

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) notes with grave concern the restrictions on internet access – commonly known as internet shutdowns – ordered by the government of Cameroon. The restrictions, which have been in effect since 17 January 2017, have specifically targeted Anglophone regions of Cameroon, reportedly following protests against the marginalisation of Anglophone Cameroonians’ cultural and linguistic rights by the government. Relevant international law In July ...

Shrinking Spaces: Online Freedom of Assembly and of Association in Pakistan
Shrinking Spaces: Online Freedom of Assembly and of Association in Pakistan 11 January 2017 Bytes for All, Pakistan

The rights to freedom of assembly and of association (FoAA) are among the fundamental human rights enshrined in the domestic law of Pakistan and the International Bill of Human Rights. Domestically, FoAA is outlined in Articles 16 and 17 of the Constitution of Pakistan. Internationally, FoAA is outlined in Article 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), Articles 21 and 22 of the...

Groundbreaking report on the shrinking spaces for online freedom of assembly and association in Pakistan
Groundbreaking report on the shrinking spaces for online freedom of assembly and association in Pakistan 11 January 2017 APC

The rights to freedom of assembly and of association (FoAA) are among the fundamental human rights, enshrined in the domestic law of Pakistan and the International Bill of Human Rights. These rights are among the fundamental requisites for a democracy and a vital means for exercising many other civil, political, cultural, economic and social rights, allowing people to express their political op...

Desecrating Expression: An account of freedom of expression and religion in Asia
Desecrating Expression: An account of freedom of expression and religion in Asia 15 December 2016 Gayatri Khandhadai

Desecrating Expression: An account of freedom of expression and religion in Asia builds on the global discussion around the intersection between the right to freedom of expression and the right to freedom of religion. The study focuses on nine countries in Asia – Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam – which each have seen a significant n...

Organisations condemn the abuse of power by the police in raiding the office of EMPOWER
Organisations condemn the abuse of power by the police in raiding the office of EMPOWER 01 December 2016 APC, Bytes for All, Pakistan and Digital Empowerment Foundation

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) along with Bytes for All, Pakistan and Digital Empowerment Foundation, India strongly condemn the harassment of human rights defenders in Malaysia by raiding the office of Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) and confiscating important documents. The unjustified raid on the office of EMPOWER took place on 28 November 2016 when only...

Organisations condemn the abuse of power by the police in raiding the office of EMPOWER
Organisations condemn the abuse of power by the police in raiding the office of EMPOWER 01 December 2016 APC

APC, Bytes for All, Pakistan and Digital Empowerment Foundation, India have issued a statement that strongly condemns the harassment of human rights defenders in Malaysia by raiding the office of Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) and confiscating important documents. The unjustified raid on the office of EMPOWER took place on 28 November 2016 when only two staff were in the premis...

#KeepitOn: Joint letter on the internet and the election in Gambia
#KeepitOn: Joint letter on the internet and the election in Gambia 30 November 2016 Various

President Yahya Jammeh cc: Gambia Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) Gambia Permanent Mission to the United Nations African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights 30 November 2016 Your Excellency, We are writing to urgently request that you ensure the stability and openness of the internet during the forthcoming elections in Gambia on December 1. Elections represent the most critic...

Crackdown on Bersih 2.0: APC condemns relentless attacks on freedom of assembly in Malaysia
Crackdown on Bersih 2.0: APC condemns relentless attacks on freedom of assembly in Malaysia 18 November 2016 APC

On 18 November, Maria Chin Abdullah, chairperson of Bersih 2.0 (the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections), and Mandeep Singh, manager of Bersih’s secretariat, were arrested, and the offices of Bersih 2.0 were raided, on the eve of a major rally in the Malaysian capital. Seven other individuals, mostly supporters of the 19 November Bersih 5 rally and people who have been critical of governme...

APC welcomes landmark HRC resolution condemning threats to women journalists and restrictions on encryption
APC welcomes landmark HRC resolution condemning threats to women journalists and restrictions on encryption 29 September 2016 APC

The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) passed a groundbreaking resolution on 29 September concerning the safety of journalists, which contained a number of firsts. This resolution marks the first time the Council recognised that encryption and anonymity tools are vital for the work of journalists, and called upon states not to interfere with the use of such technologies. This is also the first time ...

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