human rights defenders

Proposed criteria for selection and appointment of a new mandate holder on the situation of human rights defenders
Proposed criteria for selection and appointment of a new mandate holder on the situation of human rights defenders 10 September 2019 Various

APC has joined the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) and 130 organisations from around the world to set out the criteria that should be at the heart of the selection of the next UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders. The mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders plays a key role in the recognition and protection of those who promote and defend human rights. These individuals, organisations and groups often face serious ...

Collective digital security strategies for environmental human rights defenders: Conversation at the Internet Freedom Festival
Collective digital security strategies for environmental human rights defenders: Conversation at the Internet Freedom Festival 04 April 2019 Leila Nachawati Rego

Among human rights defenders (HRDs), those working on land, indigenous peoples’ and environmental rights are the most targeted group. Over 200 environmental HRDs were killed in 2017 alone, 60% of them in Latin America. This situation was the motivation behind the session “Collective digital security strategies for environmental HRDs” at this year’s Internet Freedom Festival in Valencia, Spain. The session was aimed at better understanding the risks and needs of this population, and sh...

HRC40: States should defend environmental human rights defenders
HRC40: States should defend environmental human rights defenders 14 March 2019 Various

International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) update: The draft resolution on environmental human rights defenders has now been formally "tabled" at the Human Rights Council, meaning it is scheduled for consideration and adoption by the Council on 22 and 23 March. The draft resolution is a timely and important statement on the vital role of environmental human rights defenders in safeguarding ...

100 days for Alaa Abd El-Fattah
100 days for Alaa Abd El-Fattah 17 December 2018 APCNews

As we start 2019, we want to remember the human rights defenders from our community who are currently facing prison, disappeared or have been killed in retaliation for their work. Among them, we are particularly concerned about the fate of Egyptian free speech activists in the context of increased authoritarianism and repression under the current Egyptian regime, including renowned human rights...

Tanzania: Joint civil society letter calls on Human Rights Council member states to address crackdown on human rights
Tanzania: Joint civil society letter calls on Human Rights Council member states to address crackdown on human rights 21 August 2018 Various

To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland 16 August 2018 Tanzania: Open letter to states for joint action to address crackdown on civic space and prevent a further deterioration of the situation Excellency, Ahead of the 39th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council (“the Council”), which will be held from...

Cyberwomen: A self-defense guide with gender perspective
Cyberwomen: A self-defense guide with gender perspective 19 December 2017 Alma Ugarte Pérez, Hedme Sierra Castro and Indira Cornelio Vidal

Cyberwomen is a self-defense guide with gender perspective aimed at offering learning experiences to women human right defenders that work in high-risk environments. The guide is made up of training modules and recommendations focused on specific contexts. The creation of Cyberwomen was a collaborative process between many devoted people and partner organizations. Cyberwomen includes interactiv...

Código Sur, APC’s new member: “We need more solidarity and networking”
Código Sur, APC’s new member: “We need more solidarity and networking” 30 October 2017 APC

Código Sur is made up of people belonging to different social movements that are seeking to develop and socialise communications. They believe in a new model of knowledge production and cultural construction that implies resisting processes of privatisation of life, knowledge, communications and culture. They offer services with free/libre and secure technologies for organisations, movements a...

Turkey: Secure digital communications are essential for human rights - Joint oral statement at the UN Human Rights Council 36th Session
Turkey: Secure digital communications are essential for human rights - Joint oral statement at the UN Human Rights Council 36th Session 19 September 2017 Various

Turkey: Secure digital communications are essential for human rights Oral statement at the UN Human Rights Council 36th session 19 September 2017 Thank you, Mr. President. The Association for Progressive Communications (APC), IFEX, Access Now, ARTICLE 19, Front Line Defenders, Privacy International and 60 organisations from around the globe express our grave concern about the growing crackdown...

Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 34th session
Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 34th session 24 February 2017 Deborah Brown (APC); Elena Goldstein and Peter Micek (Access Now)

The 34th session of the Human Rights Council will take place from 27 February to 24 March 2017 in Geneva. Internet rights remain at the forefront of the HRC agenda, with the Council scheduled to debate a new resolution on the right to privacy in the digital age. The HRC will also review reports by the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection ...

Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 34th session
Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 34th session 23 February 2017 Deborah Brown (APC); Elena Goldstein and Peter Micek (Access Now)

The 34th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC 34) will take place from 27 February to 24 March 2017 in Geneva. Internet rights remain at the forefront of the HRC agenda, with the Council scheduled to discuss the Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy regarding oversight of government surveillance programmes, and debate a new resolution on the right to privacy in the digita...

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