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Joint statement calls for allocation of sufficient resources for UN’s principal human rights body
Joint statement calls for allocation of sufficient resources for UN’s principal human rights body 23 January 2020 Various

H.E. António Guterres United Nations Secretary-General CC: President and Bureau of the Human Rights Council Director General of the United Nations Office at Geneva OHCHR Human Rights Council branch   23 January 2020 Re: Ensure that the Human Rights Council is able to effectively fulfil its mandate in 2020 Excellency, The UN Human Rights Council (the Council) is often victims’ and rights holders’ last resort to seek international attention and support for their vital work in ensuring...

Response to the report of the  UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation
Response to the report of the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation 14 November 2019 APC

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and many of its member organisations participated in consultations on the High Level Panel’s work during 2018 and we offer our congratulations on the report. We appreciate the openness of the Panel to input and the efforts that have been made by Mr. Fabrizio Hochschild and his staff to solicit responses. We agree that multilateralism and multistakeholderism are both necessary and can coexist. Both must be strengthened, and particular focu...

APC and 7amleh statement at Human Rights Council echoes alarm over unlawful surveillance
APC and 7amleh statement at Human Rights Council echoes alarm over unlawful surveillance 26 June 2019 APC and 7amleh

Oral statement delivered during the clustered interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteurs on the right to freedom of opinion and expression and on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association Human Rights Council 41st session 25 June 2019 Speaker: Alison Carmel Thank you Mr. President. The Association for Progressive Communications and 7amleh - the Arab Center for the Adv...

APC statement to the UN High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation
APC statement to the UN High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation 11 June 2019 APC

Background: In July 2018, the United Nations Secretary-General announced the creation of a new High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation. In advance of the Panel's first meeting, the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), together with civil society partners, issued an open letter to help shape the Panel's work. Over the last year, APC and member organisations have contributed to a ser...

UN General Assembly adopts record number of resolutions on internet governance and policy: Mixed outcomes for human rights online
UN General Assembly adopts record number of resolutions on internet governance and policy: Mixed outcomes for human rights online 10 January 2019 Deborah Brown

Last month, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) wrapped up its main session, passing a record number of resolutions relevant for internet policy. This two-part article outlines major developments in UNGA’s First Committee, which are significant for the development of international norms in cyberspace, and in the Third Committee, which covers a range of internet-related human rights issues. While i...

Freedom of expression and the private sector in the digital age
Freedom of expression and the private sector in the digital age 28 April 2016 APC

APC welcomes the focus of the Special Rapporteur on the protection and promotion of the right to freedom of opinion and expression on the responsibilities of the information and communication technology (ICT) sector to protect and promote freedom of expression in the digital age, and the opportunity to contribute to this study. This submission takes the UN “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Fram...

Letter to Member States of the UN Human Rights Council, regarding resolution on the protection of human rights defenders addressing economic, social and cultural rights
Letter to Member States of the UN Human Rights Council, regarding resolution on the protection of human rights defenders addressing economic, social and cultural rights 24 March 2016 Various

The undersigned civil society organisations, coming from all regions, urge your delegation to support the adoption of the resolution on the protection of human rights defenders working to promote economic, social and cultural rights.

Letter to Member States of the United Nations General Assembly: Vote in favour of Human Rights Defenders resolution in General Assembly plenary
Letter to Member States of the United Nations General Assembly: Vote in favour of Human Rights Defenders resolution in General Assembly plenary 12 December 2015

Vote in favour of Human Rights Defenders resolution in General Assembly plenary We are a group of human rights defenders and civil society organizations located across the world working at national, regional and international levels. We seek your clear support for the resolution entitled ”Human Rights Defenders in the context of the Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, ...

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