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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 Chairman of the UN Fact-Finding Mission, that social media had played a “determining role” in M...

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 and association both in online and offline spaces. However, access to the internet remains fragile. In...

"Are You Ready?": New film explores how Myanmar's Article 66(D) affects freedom of expression
"Are You Ready?": New film explores how Myanmar's Article 66(D) affects freedom of expression 14 March 2019 APCNews

Article 66(D) of Myanmar's 2013 Telecommunications Law, which provides for up to three years in prison for “extorting, coercing, restraining wrongfully, defaming, disturbing, causing undue influence or threatening any person using a telecommunications network,” has had a dramatic impact on free speech in the country. The law is frequently used to silence dissent, and with more tha...

Raising awareness of human rights online in Myanmar
Raising awareness of human rights online in Myanmar 03 January 2019 APCNews

This is a version of an article published by EngageMedia on their website. To commemorate International Human Rights Day, APC member EngageMedia, along with also member Myanmar ICT for Development Organization (MIDO) and Phandeeyar Innovation Lab, organised a film screening and discussion on 16 December 2018 in Yangon. It featured two short films that showcased the...

APC members in 2017: Real or Not: News verification and fact checking Facebook page in Myanmar
APC members in 2017: Real or Not: News verification and fact checking Facebook page in Myanmar 29 September 2018 Myanmar ICT for Development Organization (MIDO)

This member story was featured in the 2017 APC Annual Report, as part of our work on rights. MIDO has started a Facebook page called "Real or Not" to tackle the pressing issues of misinformation and incitement of inter-communal conflict in Myanmar. Real or Not is a Facebook-based initiative in which MIDO conducts three main types of activities: developing content on news/digital literacy awaren...

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