Human Rights Committee
APC's statement presented at the stakeholder meeting with the Human Rights Committee on the Revised Draft General Comment No. 37 on Article 21 (Right of Peaceful Assembly) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) on 9 March 2020.
This year, the Philippines is undergoing its third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) before the UN Human Rights Committee. The Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) submitted a UPR stakeholder report on the state of digital rights in the Philippines together with APC.
The manner in which the government of Pakistan orchestrated the forceful enactment of the controversial Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA) 2016 is demonstrative of its blatant disregard for human rights and due process.
Privacy International, Right2Know and APC have ongoing concerns on the practices of surveillance by South African intelligence and law enforcement agencies. National legislation governing surveillance is inadequate, leaving significant regulatory gaps and providing weak safeguards.
In this submission, APC, Privacy International and Right2Know provide the UN Human Rights Committee with additional, up-to-date information to that contained in the briefing submitted to the Committee in advance of the adoption of the list of issues in April 2015.