Human Rights Council

Human Rights Council 25: Oral statement on whistleblowers
Human Rights Council 25: Oral statement on whistleblowers 10 March 2014 APC, Reporters Without Borders, Access, Article 19, EFF, Privacy International

Reporters Without Borders Access Article 19 Association for Progressive Communications Electronic Frontier Foundation Privacy International Examples of whistleblowers being threatened or prosecuted for revealing information of public interest are on the rise. Also targeted are those who report leaked information. Nearly a third of UN member states already have some laws covering whistleblower activity. Nonetheless, some, such as those in the United States and United Kingdom, have proved serio...

Human Rights Council
Human Rights Council 04 October 2013

APC participates at the UN Human Rights Council, an intergovernmental body responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe. As part of a growing network of civil society, APC engages in the Council to raise awareness and build support for internet rights. Our participation includes the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a unique process coordinated by the HRC, involving a review of the human rights records of all UN member states. Read about the work ...

Human Rights Council briefing note: 24th Session
Human Rights Council briefing note: 24th Session 04 September 2013 Joy Liddicoat and Deborah Brown

Dear friends, The programme for the upcoming session of the Human Rights Council is now available. This is session the 24th session of the Council (HRC24) and will be taking place from 9-27 September in Geneva. Plenary sessions will be live streamed and archived at: http://www.unmultimedia.org/tv/webcast/c/un-human-rights-council.html The twitter hashtag for the session is #HRC24 This will be a...

Internet Rights in Mexico and Nigeria: APC members, partners make recommendations in UPR processes
Internet Rights in Mexico and Nigeria: APC members, partners make recommendations in UPR processes 20 March 2013 Shawna Finnegan

In partnership with members and networks, APC is working to protect and promote human rights online, engaging governments and other relevant stakeholders through a variety of United Nations processes including participating in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). In March 2013, APC, in partnership with its members and networks, made joint submissions to the UPRs of Mexico and Nigeria, discussin...

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...

Must read: The internet, human rights and the UPR
Must read: The internet, human rights and the UPR 22 May 2012 Joy Liddicoat

“… the internet has transformed human rights movements… Bloggers and human rights defenders who legitimately exercise their right to freedom of expression continue to be arbitrarily arrested, tortured and unjustly sentenced to imprisonment on the pretext of protecting national security or countering terrorism. Some have had their lives threatened and been the subject of death sentences. ...

Women's human rights online & the Universal Periodic Review
Women's human rights online & the Universal Periodic Review 17 April 2012

From May 21 to June 4 2012, the second cycle of the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) will begin at the UN in Geneva. The UPR is a mechanism for states to tell other countries what they have achieved in promoting human rights – but also for non-state actors to raise issues of concern.   Read this special edition of GenderIT.org to learn more about the current discu...

The HRC expert panel on freedom of expression - How you can help
The HRC expert panel on freedom of expression - How you can help 01 March 2012

With the success of the recent expert panel on freedom of expression and the internet, now is the time to push for governments and international human rights organisations to commit to take concrete actions to promote and protect freedom of expression online. Many watched the session live, and are wondering what they can now do to help. Here are a number of ways: You can help spread the word b...

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