Internet rights

Stockholm Internet Forum: Reflecting on democracy in the digital era, in Africa and beyond
Stockholm Internet Forum: Reflecting on democracy in the digital era, in Africa and beyond 03 June 2019 Koliwe Majama

As an internet rights activist based in the global South, I often find myself musing over whether access to a safe, free and open internet is possible. This is why, for me, the highlight of the Stockholm Internet Forum this year was the focus on the status of democracy in a digital era.

The APC community’s work on digital rights in 2018: Advocating for rights-based policy and practices in local, regional and global contexts
The APC community’s work on digital rights in 2018: Advocating for rights-based policy and practices in local, regional and global contexts 07 May 2019 Gabrielle Willms

Amid growing concern about digital surveillance and the restriction of rights online, APC and its network have continued to fight for a free and open internet that protects and enables human rights for all. This overview explores how the APC community worked to protect and promote rights in 2018.

Consolidating a rights-based approach to internet access and governance in Africa
Consolidating a rights-based approach to internet access and governance in Africa 11 April 2019 APCNews

The African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms Secretariat and several members of the African Declaration Coalition met in Entebbe, Uganda to brainstorm on the building blocks of a 36-month strategic plan for cultivating an environment that respects human rights online in the region.

Saudi Arabia: Kingdom must be held to account for suppression of dissent, following murder of journalist and widespread arrest of women’s rights defenders
Saudi Arabia: Kingdom must be held to account for suppression of dissent, following murder of journalist and widespread arrest of women’s rights defenders 30 October 2018 Various

We the undersigned civil society organisations call on the international community, including the United Nations, multilateral and regional institutions as well as democratic governments committed to the freedom of expression, to take immediate steps to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for grave human rights violations.

Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 39th session
Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 39th session 09 September 2018 Deborah Brown and Sebastián Becker Castellaro (APC) and Aurora A. Sauter (Access Now)

The 39th session of the HRC is taking place on 10-28 September 2018 in Geneva. A number of reports, resolutions and side events will address the online dimension of human rights issues, in addition to Universal Periodic Review reports that touch on specific governments’ records on internet rights.

An internet rights agenda for the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
An internet rights agenda for the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights 20 August 2018 APC

On 10 August, Michelle Bachelet was confirmed as the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The APC community has developed a list of priorities for the High Commissioner for her consideration when beginning her four-year term on 1 September.

Action Steps: A decade of civil society advocacy in the information society - A baseline review of the Global Information Society Watch country reports (2007-2017)
Action Steps: A decade of civil society advocacy in the information society - A baseline review of the Global Information Society Watch country reports (2007-2017) 06 August 2018 Alan Finlay

The purpose of this review was to look back over the past decade of country reports published in Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) and attempt to identify trends in civil society perspectives on what needed to be done to create a people- centred information society.

HRC38: Valuable outcomes and advances around internet rights, despite challenges
HRC38: Valuable outcomes and advances around internet rights, despite challenges 25 July 2018 Deborah Brown, with collaboration from Sidra Rizvi

The 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council reflected growth in the Council’s understanding of the scope of internet-related human rights and the outcomes were valuable overall and will contribute to the advancement of norms concerning internet rights, despite challenges to progressive initiatives from many states.

Views and perspectives on gender rights online for the global South: “Redefining rights for a gender-inclusive networked future”
Views and perspectives on gender rights online for the global South: “Redefining rights for a gender-inclusive networked future” 06 July 2018 Amrita Choudhury and Nadira Al-Araj

This preliminary study was undertaken to identify the main challenges towards improving the gender access and rights online, especially in the global South, and the best practices which nations or regions have adopted to overcome those challenges.

Internet rights in focus: 38th session of the Human Rights Council
Internet rights in focus: 38th session of the Human Rights Council 19 June 2018 Deborah Brown and Sidra Rizvi (APC) and Kyung Min Kim (Access Now)

The 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council is taking place from 18 June to 6 July 2018 in Geneva. Internet rights will be in focus this session, with a number of resolutions, panels and reports focused on the online dimension of human rights issues.

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