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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 internet-related issues have been increasingly on UNGA’s agenda, the 73rd session was significant f...

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, ...

APC welcomes appointment of UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy
APC welcomes appointment of UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy 17 July 2015 APC

Professor Joseph A. Cannataci APC welcomes the appointment of Mr. Joseph Cannataci as the first United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy, which was announced on 3 July. Cannataci’s appointment is a historic step to address the right to privacy at the global level. In a checklist APC developed with other civil society organisations in April, we emphasised qualities that th...

APC statement on UNGA resolution “Right to Privacy in the Digital Age”
APC statement on UNGA resolution “Right to Privacy in the Digital Age” 26 November 2014 APC

UPDATE: The new resolution “Right to Privacy in the Digital Age” (A/RES/69/166) was adopted by the UN General Assembly plenary on 18 December, 2014. The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) welcomes the new resolution “Right to Privacy in the Digital Age”, adopted yesterday by consensus in the Third Committee on Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs of the UN General Ass...

Monitoring freedom of expression: The APC-La Rue Framework
Monitoring freedom of expression: The APC-La Rue Framework 11 January 2013 APC

In his 2011 annual report, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, focused on the internet. The report considered general human rights principles on freedom of opinion and expression, whether these apply to the internet, and a number of issues including: Arbitrary blocking or filtering of content ...

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