universal periodic review

Joint UPR submission highlights women's rights and the internet in Uganda
Joint UPR submission highlights women's rights and the internet in Uganda 11 May 2016

Access to the internet, mobile telephony and other means of communication facilitated by technology have long been identified by researchers and policy makers alike as central to promoting the empowerment of women and marginalised communities. From creating opportunities to operate businesses through mobile phones, to providing access to critical information on sexual and reproductive health, there is no shortage of documented cases that demonstrate how information and communications technolo...

Call for international solidarity with human rights in Sudan online and offline
Call for international solidarity with human rights in Sudan online and offline 03 May 2016

On Wednesday 4 May 2016, Sudan will undergo a formal review by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva. During the review, representatives of the government of Sudan will present a national report of efforts made to implement human rights commitments and recommendations received during Sudan's first Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in 2011. Representatives of UN member governments will then have the opportunity to ask questions and make recommendations to the government of Sudan. Governme...

Sudan blocks civil society participation in UN-led human rights review
Sudan blocks civil society participation in UN-led human rights review 04 April 2016 Various

The efforts of the Government of Sudan to obstruct the engagement of civil society activists in a United Nations (UN)-led human rights review of the country is unacceptable and shows blatant contempt not just for human rights defenders in Sudan, but to human rights standards and the UN Human Rights Council, 36 Sudanese and international groups and seven prominent Sudanese individuals said today...

Women's Rights and the Internet in Uganda: Stakeholder Report, Universal Periodic Review 26th Session – Uganda
Women's Rights and the Internet in Uganda: Stakeholder Report, Universal Periodic Review 26th Session – Uganda 28 March 2016 WOUGNET, CIPESA and APC

Submitted by Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET), Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) This submission is a joint stakeholder contribution to the second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism for Uganda. It focuses on women’s rights and the internet in Uganda, and explores the extent ...

#UPR20 Iran
#UPR20 Iran 19 November 2014

<p>Photo: Amnesty International (Twitter).</p>

#UPR20: Egypt, Iraq should revise laws violating human rights
#UPR20: Egypt, Iraq should revise laws violating human rights 18 November 2014 Shawna Finnegan

“Repeal or amend without delay the Assembly Law of November 2013,” Turkey recommended to Egypt at its Universal Periodic Review by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 5 November 2014. Turkey was joined by more than 10 member states recommending that Egypt revise Act No. 107/2013 on the Right to Public Meetings and Peaceful Assemblies, which is responsible for the ongoing detention of ...

Freedom of expression under threat in Macedonia
Freedom of expression under threat in Macedonia 27 June 2013 AG

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, visited the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in early June in order to assess the state of freedom of opinion and expression in the country. La Rue met with APC member Metamorphosis Foundation, who has been at the forefront of the fight for freedom of expression, privacy and security, an...

Joint Submission on Internet-related Human Rights Issues in Nigeria
Joint Submission on Internet-related Human Rights Issues in Nigeria 18 March 2013 Fantsuam, Paradigm Initiative

This submission focuses on freedom of expression and freedom of information highlighting how the internet is being used to promote and protect human rights in Nigeria, and the danger to human rights posed by lack of protection for journalists in Nigeria. A recent report on intermediate liability in Nigeria stated: “The increased availability of internet access and telecommunication facil...

Joint Submission on Internet-related Human Rights Issues in Mexico
Joint Submission on Internet-related Human Rights Issues in Mexico 18 March 2013 LaNeta

Mexico is the most dangerous not-at-war country for the practice of journalism – it only follows Pakistan, Iraq and Somalia, all countries at war – the justice system and laws ignore when a communicator asks for help or when his/her remains, together with family, demand justice. Despite international recommendations, Mexico still does not have an official database disaggregated by ...

One line that makes an internet freedom fighter's day
One line that makes an internet freedom fighter's day 18 October 2012 FD

It’s short, but it matters. In no more words than a Twitter message, Brazil made many internet rights activists happy in September. It’s worth revisiting this message and putting in context. “Consider freedom of expression concerns when drafting cybercrime legislation.” Yes, and? This phrase was pronounced in May 2012 at the UN. Delegates from a small European country have agreed to dra...

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