freedom of expression

The question of the day: How to protect human rights online while countering violent extremism?

26 September 2016 (Deborah Brown and Rafik Dammak for APCNews)

Among the more than a dozen reports from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights that were discussed last week at the Human Rights Council, one addressed a topic very relevant to internet policy and regulation: how to protect and promote human rights while preventing and countering violent extremism.

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The gender binary: Thank you!

Chennai, India

Pencil drawing by Living Smile Vidya, theatre actress and activist based in Chennai.Pencil drawing by Living Smile Vidya, theatre actress and activist based in Chennai.This is a thank you note. It is also a statement of purpose.

Let’s start, not in media res, but at the beginning.

I have been “online” – in as many senses of the word as is possible – since 1997-98.

Suggestions for internet-related human rights questions to be included in the list of issues on Pakistan, Human Rights Committee 120th session, June-July 2017

By Association for Progressive Communications, Bytes for All Pakistan, and Media Matters for Democracy (August 2016, APC )
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“Although the cyber crime bill will soon become law, the movement to oppose or amend it has not come to an end"

12 August 2016 (Media Matters for Democracy, Bytes for All, Pakistan and APC)

Pakistan’s new and controversial cyber crime bill is poised to become a law after the National Assembly passed it this week. Media Matters for Democracy, Bytes for All, Pakistan and APC remain extremely concerned over the failure of legislators to ensure that the law fulfils basic human rights standards.

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In spite of continued objections over serious human rights implications, Pakistan’s new cyber crime bill passes through: Joint statement by Media Matters for Democracy, Bytes for All, Pakistan and APC

By Media Matters for Democracy, Bytes for All, Pakistan and the Association for Progressive Communications (August 2016, )
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Interview with Anja Kovacs, Internet Democracy Project, at World Forum on Free Media

Canada

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Written submission to the Human Rights Councils' 32nd session: State of internet rights in India, Malaysia and Pakistan

By Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Bytes for All, Pakistan (B4A), Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) and EMPOWER (June 2016, APC )
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Call for international solidarity with human rights in Sudan online and offline

3 May 2016 (APCNews)

On Wednesday 4 May 2016, Sudan will undergo a formal review by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva. Sudanese human rights defenders and international civil society are urging all concerned actors to hold the government of Sudan accountable for ongoing human rights violations.

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