freedom of religion

Safeguarding freedom of religion or belief and gender equality at HRC43
Safeguarding freedom of religion or belief and gender equality at HRC43 06 March 2020 APCNews

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) participated in a side event at the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council (HRC43) to look at how to move forward on safeguarding the intersection of freedom of religion or belief and gender equality.

Statement of solidarity against the legal harassment of Malaysian author by local authorities
Statement of solidarity against the legal harassment of Malaysian author by local authorities 07 November 2019 Various

We condemn the blatant attacks on Maryam Lee’s constitutional and internationally guaranteed rights, which are also inconsistent with commitments made by Malaysia at the Human Rights Council to repeal laws that restrict fundamental freedoms.

Contest: The power of images to challenge religion-based hate speech online
Contest: The power of images to challenge religion-based hate speech online 16 April 2019

If you are a designer, an artist, an illustrator or passionate about freedom of expression, internet rights and the power of tech, we invite you to take part in this contest! Deadline is on 30 May 2019.

Regional Consultation – State of the Internet in Asia
Regional Consultation – State of the Internet in Asia 04 October 2017 FORUM-ASIA

From 4-6 October 2017, FORUM-Asia, APC, Bytes for All, Pakistan and Global Partners Digital are organising a regional consultation in Bangkok on the State of Freedoms of Assembly, Association, Expression and Religion on the Internet in Asia.

Trends in religion-based hate speech
Trends in religion-based hate speech 26 September 2017 Bijo P. Abraham

This research paper highlights the trends in religion-based hate speech in relation with the right to free speech in the online space in India.

Joint written statement submitted by APC to the 34th session of the Human Rights Council: Freedom of expression and religion in Asia
Joint written statement submitted by APC to the 34th session of the Human Rights Council: Freedom of expression and religion in Asia 16 February 2017 APC, Bytes for All, Pakistan, Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) and Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER)

APC and the organisations supporting this joint statement welcome the appointment of Dr. Ahmed Shaheed as the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief and his report to be presented at the 34th session of the Human Rights Council.

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

This study focuses on nine countries in Asia – Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam – which have recorded a significant number of violations of freedom of expression on account of religion or religious sensitivities.

Violations of freedom of expression in the name of religion increasingly taking place online, impacting women and sexual minorities
Violations of freedom of expression in the name of religion increasingly taking place online, impacting women and sexual minorities 17 February 2016 APC and Bytes for All, Pakistan

Violations of freedom of expression in the name of religion, are increasingly taking place online, and disproportionally impact women and sexual minorities.    

Joint written statement to the UN Human Rights Council on the impact of religion on freedom of expression and women's rights online
Joint written statement to the UN Human Rights Council on the impact of religion on freedom of expression and women's rights online 17 February 2016 APC and Byes for All, Pakistan

APC and Bytes for All, Pakistan welcome the report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, which rejects the conflict between freedom of expression and freedom of religion and instead highlights their positive interrelatedness and mutual reinforcement.    

Interview with Bytes for All Pakistan's Sadaf Baig on expression, opinion and religious freedom in South Asia
Interview with Bytes for All Pakistan's Sadaf Baig on expression, opinion and religious freedom in South Asia 07 June 2015 Leila Nachawati Rego

“Religion is used throughout the region to gain power and suppress free speech,” Bytes for All Pakistan’s Sadaf Baig said during the Regional Consultation on Expression, Opinion and Religious Freedom in South Asia, which brought together more than 70 human rights defenders, activists and journalists in Jakarta.

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