Internet rights

Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 33rd session
Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 33rd session 13 September 2016 Deborah Brown (APC) and Peter Micek and Christy Provines (Access Now)

The 33nd session of the Human Rights Council (HRC33) is taking place from 12 to 30 September 2016 in Geneva. This session will consider the human rights situations in a number of countries including Syria, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Yemen, Sudan and Somalia, among others. In many of these countries human rights violations extend to the online environment, through filtering of content, network shutdowns, targeting of activists and journalists for their online activities, an...

APC condemns the affront to democracy in Brazil
APC condemns the affront to democracy in Brazil 05 September 2016 APC

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) firmly condemns the decision of the Brazilian Senate to dismiss President Dilma Rousseff. This decision deeply undermines the democratic system in Brazil, as well as the political stability and the development of progressive and inclusive policies for the country. It also has negative effects for peace and integration in the Latin America region. APC sees the ousting of President Rousseff as a parliamentary coup in which not only the judici...

AWID International Forum in Brazil will explore how feminists engage with the internet
AWID International Forum in Brazil will explore how feminists engage with the internet 02 September 2016 APC

How are feminists engaging with the internet politically and personally? What started out as a useful tool to support our activism is now a critical part of our organizing and must also be part of our political agenda. As technology developments increasingly impact rights and social justice, we must influence and build alliances with movements calling for a free and open internet, uncondition...

Pakistan's human rights record under scrutiny at the Human Rights Committee
Pakistan's human rights record under scrutiny at the Human Rights Committee 01 September 2016 APC, Bytes for All, Pakistan and Media Matters for Democracy

The manner in which the government of Pakistan orchestrated the forceful enactment of the controversial Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA) 2016 is demonstrative of its blatant disregard for human rights and due process. Civil society, citizens and journalists have repeatedly raised concerns about the provisions of this legislation and have warned of the undesirable consequences to the s...

Suggestions for internet-related human rights questions to be included in the list of issues on Pakistan, Human Rights Committee 120th session, June-July 2017
Suggestions for internet-related human rights questions to be included in the list of issues on Pakistan, Human Rights Committee 120th session, June-July 2017 30 August 2016 Association for Progressive Communications, Bytes for All Pakistan, and Media Matters for Democracy

With the increasing use of the internet in various aspects of daily life as well as for the exercise of fundamental freedoms, it is critical that governments fulfil their obligation to promote and protect human rights online. However, in Pakistan, many of the restrictions imposed on rights enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), such as freedom of expressi...

The Feminist Internet Exchange at the 13th AWID International Forum
The Feminist Internet Exchange at the 13th AWID International Forum 19 August 2016

How are feminists engaging with the internet politically and personally? What started out as a useful tool to support our activism is now a critical part of our organizing and must also be part of our political agenda. As technology developments increasingly impact rights and social justice, we must influence and build alliances with movements calling for a free and open internet, unconditiona...

Engage with the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms
Engage with the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms 14 July 2016

Engage with the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms The African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms was developed to broaden the view of civil and political rights to include internet-related issues that are important for developing country actors. Those for whom the internet is a vital platform for expression and participation, including women’s rights activists and p...

APC welcomes Human Rights Council resolution on the internet and human rights
APC welcomes Human Rights Council resolution on the internet and human rights 01 July 2016 APC

APC welcomes the adoption by the Human Rights Council (HRC) of resolution A/HRC/32/L.20 reaffirming the importance of promoting and protecting human rights on the internet. The resolution, which was adopted by consensus, addresses some of the most pressing challenges to human rights online today. Since its landmark resolution in 2012 and follow-up resolution in 2014, the HRC has gone from recog...

“The African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms is just an instrument, but quite an important one"
“The African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms is just an instrument, but quite an important one" 23 June 2016

“The African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms (…) promotes human rights standards and principles of openness in internet policy formulation and implementation on the continent,” the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, highlighted in his latest report to the Human Rights Council 32nd session. The Afri...

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