Human Rights Council
APC’s priorities at this HRC session include the implications of COVID-19 for human rights online, the impact of digital technologies on freedom of assembly and association online, racial discrimination and inequality and new information technologies, and online gender-based violence.
The UN Human Rights Council will be discussing a draft resolution on human rights defenders operating in conflict and post-conflict situations. Our organisations call on the Council to ensure that the resolution clearly reflects the gravity and the reality of the situation defenders face daily.
The 48th Session of the Human Rights Council was held from 13 September to 8 October 2021. The HRC remains a key space for APC to raise concerns about threats and challenges to human rights online.
Following the end of the 48th session of the Human Rights Council, 13 NGOs have issued a joint statement welcoming and expressing concern over key resolutions.
APC is joining a group of organisations in sending letters to regional groups of states at the UN concerning the elections at the Human Rights Council, containing civil society recommendations for ensuring a competitive process and minimum standards for states that want to be elected to the HRC.
In 2011, the UN General Assembly resolved to maintain the status of the Human Rights Council as a subsidiary body and to consider the question again 10 to 15 years later. Our organisations wish to express their position regarding the expected consideration of this question between 2021 and 2026.
APC submits this written statement ahead of the Human Rights Council's 44th session to express our concerns about the online human rights implications of states’ measures adopted to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.
APC and the Myanmar ICT for Development Organization thank the Special Rapporteur for her report on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, particularly for highlighting how ICTs are being leveraged to perpetuate violations against religious minorities such as the Rohingya.
In this statement delivered during the 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council, APC speaks to the deteriorating political situation in India and the increase in violence following the enactment of the Citizenship Amendment Act.
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.