human rights

Joint submission on proposed amendments to the South African Domestic Violence Act
Joint submission on proposed amendments to the South African Domestic Violence Act 15 October 2020 Various

On 9 October 2020, Research ICT Africa (RIA), APC, ALT Advisory and the Feministing While African (FWA) network made a submission to the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services of South Africa in response to proposed amendments to the Domestic Violence Act.

Joint civil society letter to the UN treaty bodies and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Joint civil society letter to the UN treaty bodies and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights 12 October 2020 Various

A geographically representative group of 527 civil society organisations has called for the resumption of the state monitoring procedure of the international human rights treaty bodies, which have been postponed since March due to COVID-19 restrictions.

HRC45: Civil society presents key takeaways from Human Rights Council
HRC45: Civil society presents key takeaways from Human Rights Council 08 October 2020 Various

Fourteen organisations share reflections on the outcomes of the 45th session of the UN Human Rights Council, as well as the missed opportunities to address key issues such as deadly migration routes at EU and US borders and the human rights situations in Algeria, Bolivia, China, Egypt and India.

India: Amnesty International forced to halt work
India: Amnesty International forced to halt work 30 September 2020 Amnesty International

Amnesty International India announced that it is halting its work in the country after the Indian government froze its bank accounts in an act of reprisal for the organization’s human rights work.

APC at the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum 2020
APC at the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum 2020 24 September 2020 APCNews

The APrIGF 2020 is taking place on 27-30 September. APC is actively supporting its members and networks as they engage in this space, and APC staff are part of the Multistakeholder Group (MSG), Programme Committee, Drafting Committee and Virtual Working Group.

#IWantALetter: Take action to demand that Egyptian authorities provide information updates on their response to the pandemic in prisons
#IWantALetter: Take action to demand that Egyptian authorities provide information updates on their response to the pandemic in prisons 12 August 2020

Family members and lawyers have a right to communicate with their loved ones and clients at all times, but particularly during a pandemic. The public also has a right to information on measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 inside prisons. These are the reasons behind the #IWantALetter campaign.

COVID-19 or the necropolitics of lockdown: Who cares about trans bodies?
COVID-19 or the necropolitics of lockdown: Who cares about trans bodies? 06 August 2020 Kira Xonorika for GenderIT.org

Kira Xonorika exposes the absence of public policies for trans people in Paraguay during the lockdown by COVID-19 and denounces the serious social consequences of corporeal colonialism that pathologises gender diversity.

Civil society groups welcome Irene Khan as the new Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression
Civil society groups welcome Irene Khan as the new Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression 31 July 2020 Various

APC joined with other civil society organisations to congratulate and welcome Irene Khan to her new role as Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and to highlight some broad priority themes that require particular attention.

Open letter to request strong user privacy protections in the Philippines’ COVID-19 contact tracing efforts
Open letter to request strong user privacy protections in the Philippines’ COVID-19 contact tracing efforts 13 July 2020 Various

The Philippine government has launched an exposure notification application, StaySafe.ph, which aims to contain the pandemic in the country. While the effort is commendable, the importance of combating COVID-19 while protecting people’s individual freedoms cannot be emphasised enough.

Rights organisation VOICE calls on Bangladeshi government to scrap repressive Digital Security Act
Rights organisation VOICE calls on Bangladeshi government to scrap repressive Digital Security Act 28 June 2020 VOICE

Rights and advocacy organisation VOICE expresses deep concern over the arrest of journalists, online activists, teachers, students, writers and cartoonists, among others, under the Digital Security Act 2018, and urges the Bangaldeshi government to scrap the law.

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