Human Rights Council

Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 36th session
Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 36th session 11 September 2017

The 36th session of the Human Rights Council is taking place from 11 to 29 September 2017 in Geneva. This session will consider a number of thematic reports from Special Rapporteurs Independent Experts, and the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, some of which will touch on internet-related rights issues, including a report focused on assistive and robotics technology, artificial intelligence and automation with respect to the enjoyment of human rights by older persons.

Turkey: Secure digital communications are essential for human rights - Joint oral statement at the UN Human Rights Council 36th Session
Turkey: Secure digital communications are essential for human rights - Joint oral statement at the UN Human Rights Council 36th Session 19 September 2017

APC and over 60 organisations  express grave concern about the growing crackdown by states on the use of secure digital communications. In particular, we highlight Turkey's  arrest and continued pre-trial detention of IT consultant Ali Gharavi and non-violence trainer Peter Steudtner on 5 July.

Joint CSO Statement on South Africa UPR Recommendations
Joint CSO Statement on South Africa UPR Recommendations 08 September 2017

This joint statement of the South African Civil Society Organisations (SA CSOs) – Human Rights Institute of South Africa, Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, and the Association for Progressive Communications - welcomes the recommendations passed on South Africa by the Human Rights Council (HRC) in May 2017. The aforementioned organisations together with the Khulumani Support...

HRC 36: Secure digital communications in Turkey are essential for human rights
HRC 36: Secure digital communications in Turkey are essential for human rights 07 September 2017

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and IFEX submitted a written statement ahead of the Human Rights Council’s 36th session to express their grave concern about the growing crackdown on the use of secure digital communications, and in particular the arrest and pre-trial detention of IT consultant Ali Gharavi and non-violence and wellbeing trainer Peter Steudtner, togethe...

Human rights in digital environments in the Philippines
Human rights in digital environments in the Philippines 07 September 2017

The Association for Progressive Communications and the Foundation for Media Alternatives, a non-governmental organisation based in the Philippines, would like to call the attention of the Human Rights Council to concerns relating to the Philippines’ Universal Periodic Review (UPR) during the 27th session of the Working Group on the UPR. APC and FMA welcome the participation of the Govern...

Universal Periodic Review: Criminalisation of Online Expression in Asia
Universal Periodic Review: Criminalisation of Online Expression in Asia 07 September 2017

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and organisations supporting this joint statement express concern over the lack of attention to the shrinking space for human rights online in India during the 3rd cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

Parallel Coalition Report and Submission on the List of issues to the 61st session of the Pre-Sessional Working Group of the Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights
Parallel Coalition Report and Submission on the List of issues to the 61st session of the Pre-Sessional Working Group of the Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights 04 September 2017

APC, Media Monitoring Africa, and the Right2Know Campaign welcome the opportunity to submit this parallel coalition report and submission on the List of Issues (LOIs) to the 61st session of the Pre-Sessional Working Group of the Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. This parallel report is submitted in response to the Government of South Africa’s Initial Report to the CESCR...

Business and online freedom of expression: Changes in power and governance
Business and online freedom of expression: Changes in power and governance 01 September 2017

This year’s report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of expression and opinion confirmed growing attention to the impact of digital media on human rights.

The impact of the internet on human rights in Africa
The impact of the internet on human rights in Africa 01 September 2017

In parts of Africa, governments have promulgated cybercrime legislation which has been used to prosecute and intimidate citizens for making any critical expression against governing regimes. They are also introducing special legislation that suspends or limits online mobilisation. But the internet has also increased, among others, people's ability to organise political activity, and increased t...

Analytical summary of national responses to Special Rapporteur David Kaye’s report to the UN Human Rights Council 35th session
Analytical summary of national responses to Special Rapporteur David Kaye’s report to the UN Human Rights Council 35th session 30 August 2017

The latest report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression focused on the role of digital access providers in ensuring the provision of human rights, with a particular focus on private actors’ responsibilities.