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Joint civil society statement on cyber peace and human security
Joint civil society statement on cyber peace and human security 13 October 2021 Various

Technology-facilitated violence must be understood in light of its impact on lives and livelihoods. Human security is at the heart of cyber security and therefore demands human-centric and rights-based approaches to establishing a peaceful ICT environment.

Cross-regional joint statement on reprisals against human rights defenders
Cross-regional joint statement on reprisals against human rights defenders 12 October 2021 Various

The United Kingdom will present a cross-regional joint statement on reprisals at the 76th UN General Assembly. It affirms the commitment to ensuring that all civil society organisations and human rights defenders can engage with the UN without fear of intimidation and reprisal.

Urgent call to action: HRC 48 joint NGO letter on Pegasus
Urgent call to action: HRC 48 joint NGO letter on Pegasus 01 October 2021 Various

APC and other civil  society organisations call on UN Human Rights Council (HRC) member states to take urgent action at the ongoing 48th HRC session to denounce the unfolding and unprecedented scale of human rights violations by states facilitated by the use of the NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware.

Civil society calls on international actors in Afghanistan to secure digital identity and biometric data immediately
Civil society calls on international actors in Afghanistan to secure digital identity and biometric data immediately 09 September 2021 Various

Aid agencies, humanitarian organisations and other international actors operating within Afghanistan, as well as private sector vendors who supply and service digital identity, are urgently called to safeguard digital identity and biometric databases created in Afghanistan.

Seeding change: Jinbonet on South Korea’s epidemic prevention and ways to minimise privacy infringements
Seeding change: Jinbonet on South Korea’s epidemic prevention and ways to minimise privacy infringements 08 September 2021 APCNews

How are APC members improving their communities’ lives with the support of APC subgranting? With South Korea actively responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jinbonet has worked on analysing the country’s epidemic prevention policies and systems, and their effects on human rights and privacy.

India: Spyware use violates Supreme Court privacy ruling
India: Spyware use violates Supreme Court privacy ruling 01 September 2021 Various

Eleven groups, including APC, call on Indian authorities to immediately, independently and credibly investigate the government’s alleged use of advanced spyware to target activists and apparent opponents.

Open letter calling on Apple to abandon its plans to build surveillance capabilities into its products
Open letter calling on Apple to abandon its plans to build surveillance capabilities into its products 19 August 2021 Various

APC joined with an international coalition of over 90 civil society organisations in an open letter to Apple, calling on the company to abandon its recently announced plans to build surveillance capabilities into iPhones, iPads and other Apple products. 

#PegasusProject: States should implement an immediate moratorium on the sale, transfer and use of surveillance technology
#PegasusProject: States should implement an immediate moratorium on the sale, transfer and use of surveillance technology 27 July 2021 APCNews

APC has joined with over 150 other civil society organisations and independent experts to call for the moratorium following media revelations that NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware has been used to facilitate human rights violations around the world on a massive scale.

Joint open letter by civil society organisations and independent experts calling on states to implement an immediate moratorium on the sale, transfer and use of surveillance technology
Joint open letter by civil society organisations and independent experts calling on states to implement an immediate moratorium on the sale, transfer and use of surveillance technology 26 July 2021 Various

Dozens of civil society organisations and independent experts joined forces to express their alarm at the media revelations that NSO Group’s spyware has been used to facilitate human rights violations around the world on a massive scale and to call on states to take immediate measures.

Joint statement by human rights and digital privacy rights organisations: Google should halt plans to establish cloud region in Saudi Arabia
Joint statement by human rights and digital privacy rights organisations: Google should halt plans to establish cloud region in Saudi Arabia 26 May 2021 Various

The undersigned human rights and digital rights organisations urge Google to immediately halt its plan to establish a new Google Cloud region in Saudi Arabia until the company can publicly demonstrate how it will mitigate adverse human rights impacts.

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