human rights

APC priorities for the 13th Internet Governance Forum
APC priorities for the 13th Internet Governance Forum 10 November 2018 APC

1. Preamble The 13th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF), the UN’s most significant multistakeholder platform for discussing internet governance, is taking place in Paris, France from 12 to 14 November 2018. At a time when trust in digital technologies seems to be declining with every data breach, misinformation campaign and revelation of surveillance, the overall theme of IGF 2018 – “Internet of Trust” – is quite timely. This year’s IGF is taking place place alongside the Pari...

An internet rights agenda for the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
An internet rights agenda for the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights 20 August 2018 APC

On 10 August, Michelle Bachelet was confirmed as the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The High Commissioner for Human Rights is the highest-ranking official in the UN system on human rights. Her voice carries significant weight in calling out and addressing human rights violations and advancing norms, both in the UN and for broader public opinion. APC sees great value in the role of the High Commissioner, who has the ability to rise above the politicised environment that...

Concern on the growing trend of stringent regulation of the internet in East African states
Concern on the growing trend of stringent regulation of the internet in East African states 24 July 2018

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission), acting through the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa (the Special Rapporteur) Commissioner Lawrence Mute, and the Country Rapporteur responsible for monitoring the human rights situation in Kenya and Tanzania Commissioner Solomon Dersso, wishes to expres...

A rights-based approach to cybersecurity: Recommendations and considerations from a 2017 Internet Governance Forum pre-event
A rights-based approach to cybersecurity: Recommendations and considerations from a 2017 Internet Governance Forum pre-event 20 July 2018 Deborah Brown and Anriette Esterhuysen

A rights-based approach to cybersecurity has gained currency in recent years at multistakeholder processes like the UN Internet Governance Forum. Progress has been made at human rights-oriented forums like the Freedom Online Coalition, which has developed recommendations for a free and secure internet. Yet at the same time, threats to cybersecurity are on the rise, with significant human r...

Tanzania: Civil society groups express concern over rapid decline in human rights
Tanzania: Civil society groups express concern over rapid decline in human rights 10 May 2018 CIVICUS

To President John Magufuli Your Excellency, We, the undersigned civil society organisations (CSOs) from across the world, write to express our deep concern over the worrying decline in respect for human rights, including the rights to freedom of association, expression and peaceful assembly, in Tanzania. We urge your government to take proactive measures to protect these rights which are crucia...

HRC37: Key outcomes for internet rights
HRC37: Key outcomes for internet rights 27 April 2018 Deborah Brown

APC participated in the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) last month (5-14 March) with the aim of calling for stronger protections of the right to privacy, especially around encryption and anonymity, emerging threats related to intensive data systems, and gender-based threats to privacy. We also continued to advocate for recognising the importance of the internet for advancing e...

CIVICUS: Joint letter on recent arrests of journalists and human rights defenders in Ethiopia
CIVICUS: Joint letter on recent arrests of journalists and human rights defenders in Ethiopia 03 April 2018 CIVICUS

In a letter to the Ethiopian Prime Minister-designate, a coalition of over 40 civil society organisations express their concern regarding the recent arrests of journalists and human rights defenders To: Prime Minister-Designate, Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali  Cc: Abadula Gemeda, Speaker of the House of Peoples’ Representative                    ...

HRC37: Digital identity, smart cities and the right to privacy
HRC37: Digital identity, smart cities and the right to privacy 15 March 2018 Jamael Jacob, Foundation for Media Alternatives

The UN Human Rights Council's 37th session is taking place in Geneva. APC has participated with a diversity of statements (see Content regulation in the digital age, Written statement on internet freedoms of Palestinians, States must provide comprehensive protections for secure communications and Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy) an...

Video4Change Network: Working together to improve the world
Video4Change Network: Working together to improve the world 08 March 2018 EngageMedia

Video4Change (V4C) is a network of 12 diverse organisations – including APC member EngageMedia – whose common goal is to defend human rights and justice using video for change. In Sri Lanka, EngageMedia interviewed four members of the V4C Network to learn about the Network’s role, where it finds common ground, and its future plans. Read more about the V4C Network and the activities o...

Global Conference on Cyberspace 2017: Civil society messages
Global Conference on Cyberspace 2017: Civil society messages 24 November 2017 Civil society organisations and individuals

To the hosts and delegates of the Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS) 2017, A free, open and secure cyberspace underpinned by human rights and democratic values is a prerequisite to socio-economic development. To this end, we must recognise that people are at the center of all technological advancements and therefore policies that seek to regulate technologies should be people-centric and ul...

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