internet shutdowns

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 Indonesian government to protect the rights of activists in Papua and to allow unrestricted access to com...

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 exercise all possible methods of denouncing the shutdown, providing information to the public around ho...

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 ...

Recognising the threat of internet shutdowns: Cameroon at the CESCR
Recognising the threat of internet shutdowns: Cameroon at the CESCR 06 May 2019 Mehar Gujral

“The internet was being used to promote racial hatred […] so we were forced to temporarily shut down internet services until we were able to take control of the situation,” stated Minister of External Affairs of Cameroon Lejeune Mbella Mbella to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) during the country’s review at the Committee on 20 and 21 February...

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