Internet rights

APC calls for an end to restrictions on freedom of expression in Catalonia
APC calls for an end to restrictions on freedom of expression in Catalonia 20 September 2017 APC

APC is concerned at news that access to and use of the internet is being restricted in Catalonia, as part of a trend to curtail freedom of expression in the context of the call for a referendum to decide the future status of the region.

Civil society organisations write to international bodies over internet shutdown in Togo
Civil society organisations write to international bodies over internet shutdown in Togo 14 September 2017 Various

A coalition of some 35 civil society organisations has written to several international bodies including the African Union and the United Nations Human Rights Council over the recent internet shutdown in Togo.

Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 36th session
Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 36th session 11 September 2017 Maud Barret Bertelloni and Deborah Brown for APC, and Access Now

The 36th session of the Human Rights Council is taking place from 11 to 29 September 2017 in Geneva. This session will consider a number of thematic reports from Special Rapporteurs Independent Experts, and the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, some of which will touch on internet-related rights issues, including a report focused on assistive and robotics technology, artificial i...

The impact of the internet on human rights in Africa
The impact of the internet on human rights in Africa 01 September 2017 APC

In parts of Africa, governments have promulgated cybercrime legislation which has been used to prosecute and intimidate citizens for making any critical expression against governing regimes. They are also introducing special legislation that suspends or limits online mobilisation. But the internet has also increased, among others, people's ability to organise political activity, and increased t...

On the attacks of the Temer government against the Internet Steering Committee in Brazil
On the attacks of the Temer government against the Internet Steering Committee in Brazil 11 August 2017 Brazil Coalition on Network Rights

After the recent events affecting the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br) and the rights of internet users in Brazil, we express solidarity with the Brazilian people in general and in particular with our friends and colleagues, including APC organisational member Nupef, the CGI.br, and the many Brazilian civil society organisations we work with. Today we want to share this ...

New APC member 7amleh: Empowering marginalised Palestinian communities
New APC member 7amleh: Empowering marginalised Palestinian communities 12 July 2017 APC

Palestinian NGO 7amleh – Arab Center for Social Media Advancement focuses on improving the skills and capacities of Palestinian and Arab civil society through training on social media activism skills and methodologies. Today we proudly welcome them as the latest addition to the APC network.

HRC 35: How to protect human rights in the face of rapidly changing technology?
HRC 35: How to protect human rights in the face of rapidly changing technology? 22 June 2017 APC

From harassment of human rights defenders and civil society activists, to crackdowns on freedom of expression and media freedom, to the threats faced by women and girls under conflict, a diversity of issues were highlighted at the 35th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

Human rights and the internet: The key role of national human rights institutions in protecting human rights in the digital age
Human rights and the internet: The key role of national human rights institutions in protecting human rights in the digital age 21 June 2017

What can national human rights institutions (NHRIs) do to uphold and promote internet rights? We extend an invitation to NHRIs to be part of a worldwide movement that seeks to respect, protect and promote human rights in the digital age.

Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 35th session
Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 35th session 05 June 2017 Deborah Brown (APC); Peter Micek and Alyse Rankin (Access Now)

A number of internet issues will be discussed in reports considered at this session, touching on online hate speech, harassment and persecution of journalists and human rights defenders, and the role of ICTs in facilitating the fulfilment of human rights, among others.

APC celebrates Africa Day with roundtable addressing human rights and the internet
APC celebrates Africa Day with roundtable addressing human rights and the internet 25 May 2017 APC

As the world commemorates Africa Day this week, APC is convening a roundtable in partnership with the South African Human Rights Commission and the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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