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UN Human Rights Council reaffirms the importance of protecting human rights online in the face of growing challenges
UN Human Rights Council reaffirms the importance of protecting human rights online in the face of growing challenges 10 July 2018 APC

APC welcomes the adoption of the resolution on the promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the internet (A/HRC/38/L.10) on 5 July 2018. The fourth HRC resolution on this theme, this year's text includes a number of new elements that reflect the evolving importance of the internet for the exercise of human rights online and offline. Led by Sweden, Brazil, Nigeria and Tunisia, the resolution was adopted by consensus with over 60 co-sponsors. Of specific value is that it reco...

Just Net Coalition: A call for openness and transparency in rulemaking for the internet
Just Net Coalition: A call for openness and transparency in rulemaking for the internet 05 December 2017 Just Net Coalition

We call on the internet community to invite national governments to refrain from discussing internet-related matters in the World Trade Organization (WTO), in particular at its upcoming 11th Ministerial Conference, or in other bilateral or plurilateral trade negotiations, until such time as these negotiations are fully transparent and inclusive, in line with the multi-stakeholder approach to Internet governance. Signatories Organizations Agencia Latinoamericana de Información - ALAI Ass...

APC welcomes UN Special Rapporteur's report on the role of private actors in protecting and promoting freedom of expression in the digital age
APC welcomes UN Special Rapporteur's report on the role of private actors in protecting and promoting freedom of expression in the digital age 10 June 2016 Association for Progressive Communications

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) welcomes the report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, which focuses on the critical issue of the role of the information and communications technology (ICT) sector in the promotion and protection of freedom of opinion and expression. Kaye’s report, whi...

Violations of freedom of expression in the name of religion increasingly taking place online, impacting women and sexual minorities
Violations of freedom of expression in the name of religion increasingly taking place online, impacting women and sexual minorities 17 February 2016 APC and Bytes for All, Pakistan

Violations of freedom of expression in the name of religion, are increasingly taking place online, and disproportionally impact women and sexual minorities. This was the focus of a statement launched by APC and Bytes for All, Pakistan to contribute to the last report of the UN Special Rapporteur of Freedom of Religion or Belief’s, released in light of the upcoming Human Rights Council ses...

Joint written statement to the UN Human Rights Council on the impact of religion on freedom of expression and women's rights online
Joint written statement to the UN Human Rights Council on the impact of religion on freedom of expression and women's rights online 17 February 2016 APC and Byes for All, Pakistan

Freedom of expression and freedom of religion are internationally guaranteed, interrelated, interdependent and mutually reinforcing rights to be enjoyed by all individuals without any form of discrimination. Yet, freedom of religion has often been pitted against freedom of expression, especially as fears of violent extremism and xenophobia have spread in recent times, resulting in violations of...

Joint Civil Society Statement to the Human Rights Council: Promote Strong Encryption and Anonymity in the Digital Age
Joint Civil Society Statement to the Human Rights Council: Promote Strong Encryption and Anonymity in the Digital Age 17 June 2015 APC

Submitted to the 29th Session of the UN Human Rights Council June 17, 2015 The undersigned civil society organizations and independent experts work to promote human rights and press freedom online. We welcome the report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression on the use of encryption and anonymity in digital communication which was presented at the UN Human Rights Council...

More than 90 NGOs call to establish a UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy at the Human Rights Council’s 28th Session
More than 90 NGOs call to establish a UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy at the Human Rights Council’s 28th Session 13 March 2015 APC

Joint NGO oral statement to the Human Rights Council 28th ordinary session. Call to establish a UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy The UN General Assembly, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and existing special procedure mandate holders have all recognized the pressing need for ongoing, systematic and authoritative monitoring, reporting and guidance on the scope and content o...

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