internet shutdowns

#KeepIton: Joint letter on keeping the internet open and secure during the elections in Togo
#KeepIton: Joint letter on keeping the internet open and secure during the elections in Togo 21 February 2020 Various

Re: Internet shutdowns during Togo’s elections Your Excellency Cina Lawson, Posts, Digital Economy, and Technology Innovation Minister CC: M. Abayeh Germain Boyodi, Director of Autorité de Régulation des Communications Électroniques et des Postes (ARCEP); Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS); The Chief Observer of the EU Election Observation Mission for 2020 We are writing to ...

A step closer to realising internet freedoms in India: Supreme Court rules indefinite internet shutdowns are unconstitutional
A step closer to realising internet freedoms in India: Supreme Court rules indefinite internet shutdowns are unconstitutional 14 January 2020 APC

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) welcomes the judgment of the Supreme Court of India, which held that the indefinite imposition of internet shutdowns is unconstitutional. In its judgement on 10 January 2020, the Court directed the government to review all orders relating to internet shutdowns within one week. The Court also directed the government to put in the public domain all orders of internet shutdowns, including the material facts forming the basis upon which such o...

 Egypt: Stop the crackdown on civil society
Egypt: Stop the crackdown on civil society 02 October 2019 APC

Update: On 10 October, Alaa was able to inform his lawyers, and put it officially on record, that he has been beaten, threatened and robbed at the Tora Prison. He was told if he spoke out it would become worse, and faces the risk of further beating and torture. In the words of his family, "Alaa decided, as always, not to be silent. We, now, must do our part."  ---------...

EngageMedia: On recent internet blocking and throttling in West Papua
EngageMedia: On recent internet blocking and throttling in West Papua 20 September 2019 Rezwan Islam for EngageMedia

This article was originally published on the website of APC member organisation EngageMedia. As an organisation that stands for media freedom and digital rights, EngageMedia finds the recent threats against freedom of expression in West Papua concerning, including undue restriction and harassment, as well as internet blocking and throttling. UN Human Rights Council experts have urged the Indon...

Civil society organisations issue statement denouncing internet shutdowns in Sudan
Civil society organisations issue statement denouncing internet shutdowns in Sudan 12 July 2019

Dear MTN Sudan CEO Melik Melamu & MTN Group CEO Rob Shuter: We write to urgently request that you publicly denounce the internet shutdowns in Sudan, and pledge your support to maintain unfettered internet access in the country, especially in moments of conflict or unrest. In line with your past commitments to respect digital rights in the places where you operate, it is crucial that you exe...

Statement at HRC draws attention to draconian and discriminatory measures in Sri Lanka
Statement at HRC draws attention to draconian and discriminatory measures in Sri Lanka 11 July 2019 APC and Women and Media Collective

Speaker: Gayatri Khandhadai Thank you, Madam Vice President. The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the Women and Media Collective draw the attention of this Council to the situation in Sri Lanka. Since the bombings on 21 April, the country has been under a state of emergency, where the police and the security forces have sweeping powers to search and detain citizens. The pres...

HRC41: Statement regarding the spread of hate speech offline and online in Myanmar
HRC41: Statement regarding the spread of hate speech offline and online in Myanmar 11 July 2019 APC and MIDO

Speaker: Gayatri Khandhadai Madam Vice President, The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the Myanmar ICT for Development Organization (MIDO) thank the Special Rapporteur for the update on the situation in Myanmar. We would like to draw the attention of Myanmar and the council to the rampant and unfettered spread of hate speech offline and online. We echo the observation of the...

HRC41: APC oral statement on violations of human rights in online contexts
HRC41: APC oral statement on violations of human rights in online contexts 01 July 2019 APC

Thank you Madam Vice President, The Association for Progressive Communications would like to draw the attention of this Council to the continuing violations of human rights in online contexts. As noted by the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association in his report to this Council, the internet has become central to the exercise of freedom of assembly an...

Joint statement on the internet shutdown in Rakhine and Chin States by digital rights organisations and other civil society organisations
Joint statement on the internet shutdown in Rakhine and Chin States by digital rights organisations and other civil society organisations 24 June 2019 Various

1. All governments have the duty to protect the right to freedom of expression and information, all the more so if they are democratically elected. However, the decision to shut down internet access in nine townships in Rakhine and Chin States without any prior notice or limitation clearly infringes these human rights and is a matter of great concern to our organizations as it should be to all ...

Disco-tech Tunis: Join us in this pre-RightsCon event on internet shutdowns in Africa
Disco-tech Tunis: Join us in this pre-RightsCon event on internet shutdowns in Africa 01 June 2019

The Association for Progressive Communications, Hivos/Digital Defenders Partnership, Columbia Global Freedom of Expression, Columbia Global Centers | Tunis and close partners are hosting the seventh Disco-tech event on 10 June in conjunction with the 2019 RightsCon Summit in Tunis. We invite you to join us for this innovative peer-learning event on detecting, documenting and bypassing internet ...

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