Africa

Rights groups respond to internet shutdown in Uganda during national elections

24 February 2016 (Access Now, et al. for APCNews)

On the morning of national elections, 18 February, Ugandan internet users were blocked from using Twitter, Facebook, and other communications platforms until three days later. Kampala-based APC member CIPESA along with Access Now and other civil society groups around the world called for renewed respect for human rights in the wake of this violation.

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Joint letter on internet shutdown in Uganda

By Access Now, et al. (February 2016, )

On the morning of national elections, February 18, Ugandan internet users were blocked from using Twitter, Facebook, and other communications platforms. The shutdown remained in place until the afternoon of Sunday, February 21. Kampala-based APC member CIPESA along with Access Now and other civil society groups around the world called for renewed respect for human rights in the wake of this violation.

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Exploring technology-related violence against women in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya

21 January 2016 (GenderIT.org)

The DRC and Kenya are in focus in a series of country editions sharing the findings of the “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online“ research.

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Open letter to the Nigerian Senate on the Frivolous Petitions Prohibition Bill (aka “Social Media” Bill)

(December 2015, APC )

We are a coalition of Nigerian, African, and international organisations writing to you about the proposed Frivolous Petitions (Prohibitions, etc) Bill that has provisions for social media regulation.

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South Africa Cybercrimes Bill will be impossible to implement without violating rights

2 December 2015 (APC for APCNews)

Cyber security is essential for the exercise of both online and offline rights, as it is key to privacy and the protection of personal data. At APC we understand the need for a cyber crime and cyber security bill to make South Africa a safer place online. However, we suggest, along with many experts from different backgrounds, that the Bill be rejected in its current form.

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Alex Comninos' Preliminary Comments on the South Africa Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill

By Alex Comminos (December 2015, APC )

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APC's Written Submission on the South Africa Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill

By APC (December 2015, APC )

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Avis Momeni from PROTEGE QV: "Access to information and technologies can help communities lift themselves out of poverty"

21 November 2015 (Caroline Tagny for APCNews)

“The work we do within APC is complementary and there are many members who care about and work on community issues, poverty issues and larger societal issues,” says Avis Momeni, general secretary of PROTEGE QV, an APC member based in Cameroon, in an interview with APCNews.

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International call on Moroccan authorities to drop charges against human rights defenders

17 November 2015 (APCNews)

We, international human rights, peace and freedom of expression organizations, are gravely concerned about the harassment and prosecution of seven human rights defenders and journalists in Morocco.

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