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HRC43: APC statement on the situation of human rights in Myanmar
HRC43: APC statement on the situation of human rights in Myanmar 10 March 2020 APC

Statement delivered during the Interactive Dialogue (ID) with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, 26th meeting, 43rd regular session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 4: Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention 10 March 2020   The Association for Progressive Communications and the Myanmar ICT for Development Organization thank the Special Rapporteur for her report on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, particularly for highlig...

HCR43: APC statement on the escalating violence in India
HCR43: APC statement on the escalating violence in India 06 March 2020 APC

6 March 2020 Statement delivered during the General Debate on Item 3 at the 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council Thank you, Madame President. Ahead of International Women’s Day, the Association for Progressive Communications commends the courage of women across the globe, especially in Chile, India, Pakistan and Hong Kong, who have been at the forefront of protests leveraging online and offline spaces to defend democracy. We draw the attention of the Council to the esc...

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

Twenty-five years after the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action, women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons continue to experience discriminatory practices throughout the world, sometimes in the name of religion. In this context, the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) participated in a side event at the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council...

HRC43: APC statement on privacy and gender
HRC43: APC statement on privacy and gender 05 March 2020 APC

Statement delivered during the Interactive Dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy at the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council 5 March 2020 The Association for Progressive Communications welcomes a gender perspective being integrated into the work of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy and the adoption of intersectionality as a framework in ...

APC at the Human Rights Council 43rd session: Briefing on the deteriorating human rights situation in India
APC at the Human Rights Council 43rd session: Briefing on the deteriorating human rights situation in India 04 March 2020 Gayatri Khandhadai, APC Asia policy regional coordinator

Over the past few years, individuals living in India have experienced a sharp decline in the space available for exercise of human rights, particularly the right to dissent. Since early December 2019, peaceful protests have erupted throughout India in response to the adoption of the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the targetting of religious minorities. In response, India has ...

Joint statement: HRC43 – Support consensus renewal of the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders
Joint statement: HRC43 – Support consensus renewal of the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders 04 March 2020 Various

Human rights defenders are people who act with humanity, serve humanity and who contribute to and bring out the best in humanity. They are key to our daily lives – they work so our governments are more transparent and accountable, our environment cleaner and safer, our schools and workplaces fairer, and our futures more sustainable. As human rights defenders confront power, privilege and prej...

Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 43rd session
Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 43rd session 03 March 2020 APCNews

The 43rd session of the Human Rights Council (HRC43) is taking place over four weeks (24 February to 20 March 2020) in Geneva. During this session, more than 90 reports will be presented on thematic and country-specific human rights situations from UN Special Procedures, the Secretary-General and the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The Council is expected to act on between 40 and 45 draft r...

India’s constitutional and civic space crisis addressed at HRC43 side event
India’s constitutional and civic space crisis addressed at HRC43 side event 03 March 2020 APCNews

In India, a discriminatory citizenship law has sparked widespread protests, which have been met with arbitrary arrests, excessive force and violence by the authorities. In this context, human rights defenders and civil society activists are facing increasing levels of repression, laws are systematically used against critics, and there are ongoing restrictions on public gatherings and internet f...

Joint statement calls for allocation of sufficient resources for UN’s principal human rights body
Joint statement calls for allocation of sufficient resources for UN’s principal human rights body 23 January 2020 Various

H.E. António Guterres United Nations Secretary-General CC: President and Bureau of the Human Rights Council Director General of the United Nations Office at Geneva OHCHR Human Rights Council branch   23 January 2020 Re: Ensure that the Human Rights Council is able to effectively fulfil its mandate in 2020 Excellency, The UN Human Rights Council (the Council) is often victims’ and rights...

Civil society organisations present joint end-of-session statement at 42nd Human Rights Council
Civil society organisations present joint end-of-session statement at 42nd Human Rights Council 30 September 2019 Various

The Council reaffirmed that reprisals can never be justified. Council members rejected attempts to weaken the text including deleting the references to the roles of the Assistant Secretary-General and the Human Rights Council Presidents. The resolution listed key trends such as the patterns of reprisals, increasing self-censorship, the use of national security arguments and counter-terrorism st...

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