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HRC40: Oral statement highlighting the shrinking of civic space online
HRC40: Oral statement highlighting the shrinking of civic space online 08 March 2019 APC

Oral Statement Delivered Under General Debate Item 3 UN Human Rights Council 40th Session 8 March 2019 Speaker: Gayatri Khandhadai   Thank you Mr. President. The Association for Progressive Communications echoes the deep alarm expressed by the Secretary-General at the opening of this session over the shrinking of civic space online. In every region of the world, restrictive laws are being applied online to censor independent voices, squash dissent and create a chilling effect on civil so...

The bigger picture: Assessing Zimbabwe’s internet blockade
The bigger picture: Assessing Zimbabwe’s internet blockade 22 February 2019 Koliwe Majama

As African citizens become progressively aware of their rights, more will take to the streets to demand that their leaders meet their needs. Civil disobedience is a tool that some governments on the continent are increasingly realising can be fuelled and sustained by the internet, and this has seen more governments impose an internet shutdown. This has become a go-to solution at both country and regional level despite commitments to ensure democratic governance of the internet in regional blo...

#KeepitOn: Joint letter on keeping the internet open and secure in Nigeria
#KeepitOn: Joint letter on keeping the internet open and secure in Nigeria 18 February 2019 Various

Re: Internet shutdown in upcoming elections in Nigeria Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) Nigerian Communications Commission CC: Maria Arena, Chief Observer European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to Nigeria We the #KeepItOn Coalition welcome your statement dated 1 February 2019 reaffirming your commitment to ensure the stability...

Joint NGO report to UN Committee: Internet shutdowns in Cameroon violate economic, social and cultural rights
Joint NGO report to UN Committee: Internet shutdowns in Cameroon violate economic, social and cultural rights 05 February 2019 Mehar Gujral

Intentional disruptions of internet access – commonly known as internet shutdowns – restrict a range of human rights, including economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs). Ahead of Cameroon’s review at the 65th session of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) (18 February-8 March 2019), where the government’s compliance with the International Covenant on Eco...

Cameroon: Parallel report to the 65th session of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Cameroon: Parallel report to the 65th session of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights 04 February 2019 Access Now, APC and Internet Sans Frontières

This report focuses on the relationship between meaningful access to the internet and the enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs) in Cameroon, and in particular, the violation of these rights that come with internet shutdowns. Accordingly, it relates to articles 1, 2, 6, 12, 13 and 15 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). While access ...

Internet shutdowns in Africa: "It is like being cut off from the world"
Internet shutdowns in Africa: "It is like being cut off from the world" 16 January 2019 APCNews

On 11 January, while researching the current wave of internet shutdowns in Africa, we contacted our Harare-based colleague Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha, coordinator of the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms project, to get his insights. He responded three days later: "Sorry for the delay, I was experiencing outages myself. Zimbabwe is on shutdown." Throughout the African continent...

#KeepitOn: Joint letter on keeping the internet open and secure in Zimbabwe
#KeepitOn: Joint letter on keeping the internet open and secure in Zimbabwe 16 January 2019 Various

Re: Internet shutdown in Zimbabwe Your Excellency Minister Kazembe Kazembe, Minister of Information and Communication Technology and Cyber Security We are writing to urgently request that you ensure the stability and openness of the internet in Zimbabwe. We have received reports that your government has shut down the internet. On behalf of the more than 170 organizations from over 60 countries ...

#KeepitOn: Joint letter on keeping the internet open and secure in Ethiopia
#KeepitOn: Joint letter on keeping the internet open and secure in Ethiopia 08 August 2018 KeepItOn Coalition

Re: Internet shutdown in Eastern Ethiopia Your Excellency, We are writing to urgently request that you ensure the stability and openness of the internet. We have received reports that your government has shut down the internet in Jijiga, Dire Dawa, and Harar cities in Ethiopia. On behalf of the more than 150 organizations from over 50 countries that make up the #KeepitOn Coalition, we implore ...

Kept in the dark: Social and psychological impacts of network shutdowns in India
Kept in the dark: Social and psychological impacts of network shutdowns in India 22 February 2018 Zothan Mawii, Ritu Srivastava, Shivani Lal and Bijo P. Abraham. Reviewed by Anja Kovacs

Internet shutdowns: A study of social impact in India is the second in the series of DEF’s efforts for advocacy against internet shutdowns. The previous research report, Anatomy of virtual curfews: Human rights vs national security, highlights the existing and emerging threats to fundamental rights and human rights on account of arbitrary, unnecessary, and disproportionate imposition of Inter...

Foundation for Media Alternatives, Philippines: Internet shutdowns and the myth of security and public safety
Foundation for Media Alternatives, Philippines: Internet shutdowns and the myth of security and public safety 26 January 2018 Foundation for Media Alternatives

APC member in the Philippines Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) expresses grave concern over the decision of the Philippine authorities to shut down cell sites during huge festivities. The organisation calls for transparency regarding the guidelines used by authorities before resorting to signal jamming. As advocates of human rights and communication rights, FMA believes that human rights...

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