Human Rights Council

APC and partners to attend Human Rights Council 27th session
APC and partners to attend Human Rights Council 27th session 04 September 2014

The 27th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC27) will take place in Geneva from 8-26 September 2014. APC will be attending the session to focus on internet rights and will be supporting a group of sexual rights activists who will be attending the Council for the first time. This briefing note highlights the key internet rights related issues in the Council’s agenda for this session as well as countries under scrutiny in the Univeral Periodic Review (UPR).

Briefing note Human Rights Council 27th session
Briefing note Human Rights Council 27th session 04 September 2014 Deniz D. Aydin (Access), Joy Liddicoat, Deborah Brown

The 27th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC27) will take place in Geneva from 8-26 September 2014. Internet rights and freedoms will feature prominently with the highlight being the Council’s consideration of the landmark report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Right to Privacy in the Digital Age and related panel discussion on September 12th and a discussion on violence against children online. APC will be attending the session to focus on internet rights and will...

Expert Consultation on Freedom of Expression, Internet Access and Human Rights in Africa: Context, Issues and Challenges
Expert Consultation on Freedom of Expression, Internet Access and Human Rights in Africa: Context, Issues and Challenges 01 August 2014

In 2011, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, presented recommendations for governments in the area of access to internet and freedom of expression. This meeting, convened by the Special Rapporteur in collaboration with APC, will be an opportunity to look at the current situation of access in the Africa reg...

UN encourages community responses to online hatred in new report
UN encourages community responses to online hatred in new report 27 June 2014

A new UN report discussed in Geneva on 25 June 2014, cites the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Bytes for All (B4A), Pakistan as leaders in working to protect freedom of expression online, strengthen the digital security of human rights defenders and end gender-based violence online.

Human Right Council 26: The internet and human rights
Human Right Council 26: The internet and human rights 19 June 2014

“One year after the Snowden revelations, the Human Rights Council must recognise that trust in the internet is conditional on respect for the rights to freedom of expression and privacy, regardless of users’ nationality or location”, says a joint statement supported by APC and delivered today in Geneva.

Human Right Council 26: The internet and human rights
Human Right Council 26: The internet and human rights 19 June 2014 Article 19

“One year after the Snowden revelations, the Human Rights Council must recognise that trust in the internet is conditional on respect for the rights to freedom of expression and privacy, regardless of users’ nationality or location”, says a joint statement supported by APC and delivered today in Geneva.

Briefing note: Human Rights Council 26th session
Briefing note: Human Rights Council 26th session 09 June 2014 Deniz Duru Aydin (Access), Deborah Brown and Shawna Finnegan

The 26th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC26) will take place in Geneva from 10 to 27 June. This session will include debate on a new resolution on the protection and promotion of human rights online, as well as special panels on racism online and on the safety of journalists. New reports on these topics, as well as violence against women and freedom of association signal a growing focus...

Briefing note: Human Rights Council 26th session
Briefing note: Human Rights Council 26th session 09 June 2014 Deniz Duru Aydin (Access) and Deborah Brown and Shawna Finnegan (APC)

The 26th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) is taking place in Geneva from 10 to 27 June. Information on the internet-related human rights issues that will be addressed there are provided by APC and Access in this briefing note.

NGOs disappointed by weak promises on human rights in Malaysia
NGOs disappointed by weak promises on human rights in Malaysia 20 March 2014

The UN Human Rights Council officially adopted the outcome report on Malaysia’s second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) today. “It is disappointing that while Malaysia received the most recommendations regarding the abolition of the death penalty, all such recommendations were rejected,” said a coalition of Malaysian NGOs in a statement supported by APC.

Human Rights Council 25: Oral statement on whistleblowers
Human Rights Council 25: Oral statement on whistleblowers 10 March 2014 APC, Reporters Without Borders, Access, Article 19, EFF, Privacy International

Nearly a third of UN member states already have some laws covering whistleblower activity. Nonetheless, some, such as those in the United States and United Kingdom, have proved seriously inadequate when the information disclosed concerns the activities of the state itself, especially when national security is invoked.

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