Human Rights Council

Open letter to states on preventative engagement with, and action on, Tanzania at the Human Rights Council’s 41st session
Open letter to states on preventative engagement with, and action on, Tanzania at the Human Rights Council’s 41st session 13 May 2019 Various

To permanent representatives of member and observer states of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Excellency, Ahead of the 41st regular session of the UN Human Rights Council (“the Council”), which will take place from 24 June to 12 July 2019, we write to call on your delegation to deliver statements, both jointly and individually, and to engage in bilateral démarches to address the ongoing deterioration of the human rights situation in the United Republic of Tanzania. Since a group...

The APC community’s work on digital rights in 2018: Advocating for rights-based policy and practices in local, regional and global contexts
The APC community’s work on digital rights in 2018: Advocating for rights-based policy and practices in local, regional and global contexts 07 May 2019 Gabrielle Willms

Amid growing concern about digital surveillance and the restriction of rights online, APC and its network have continued to fight for a free and open internet that protects and enables human rights for all. This focus has been crucial to our mandate and mission since the outset, and it remains one of our key strategic priorities today. In 2018, APC and its network made strides to address the challenge of building an internet that enables the exercise of human rights by developing and encourag...

HRC40: States should defend environmental human rights defenders
HRC40: States should defend environmental human rights defenders 14 March 2019 Various

International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) update: The draft resolution on environmental human rights defenders has now been formally "tabled" at the Human Rights Council, meaning it is scheduled for consideration and adoption by the Council on 22 and 23 March. The draft resolution is a timely and important statement on the vital role of environmental human rights defenders in safeguarding ...

HRC40: Oral statement highlighting the shrinking of civic space online
HRC40: Oral statement highlighting the shrinking of civic space online 08 March 2019 APC

Oral Statement Delivered Under General Debate Item 3 UN Human Rights Council 40th Session 8 March 2019 Speaker: Gayatri Khandhadai   Thank you Mr. President. The Association for Progressive Communications echoes the deep alarm expressed by the Secretary-General at the opening of this session over the shrinking of civic space online. In every region of the world, restrictive laws are being ...

Cultural rights for all: The UN must continue to support the mandate of the Special Rapporteur
Cultural rights for all: The UN must continue to support the mandate of the Special Rapporteur 06 March 2019 AWID and APC

The Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) delivered this statement during the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on cultural rights during the 40th session of the Human Rights Council. Speaker: Kasia Staszewska   Thank you, Mr. President. The Association for Women’s Rights in Development and the A...

HRC40: Oral statement on freedom of religion and expression online
HRC40: Oral statement on freedom of religion and expression online 05 March 2019 APC

UN Human Rights Council 40th Session 5 March 2019 Speaker: Gayatri Khandhadai Thank you, Mr. President. The Association for Progressive Communications welcomes the report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of religion or belief, which yet again emphasises the interrelatedness and mutually reinforcing nature of the rights to freedom of expression and freedom of religion or belief....

Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 40th session
Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 40th session 02 March 2019 Deborah Brown and Mehar Gujral

The 40th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) opened Monday with an address by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres in which he highlighted some of the key challenges for human rights today, including threats in digital environment. The Secretary-General expressed his deep alarm over the shrinking civic space in every region of the globe – and every corner of the internet, the...

HRC40: Joint oral statement on the gendered dimensions of privacy
HRC40: Joint oral statement on the gendered dimensions of privacy 01 March 2019 Association for Progressive Communications and Association for Women's Rights in Development

Oral statement delivered under Item 3: Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy and the Special Rapporteur on cultural rights   UN Human Rights Council 40th session 1 March 2019   Speaker: Daniela Marin Platero Thank you, Mr. President. The Association for Progressive Communications and the Association for Women's Rights in Development commend...

HRC40 side event: Defending expression and diversity of religion and belief or non-belief in the digital age
HRC40 side event: Defending expression and diversity of religion and belief or non-belief in the digital age 01 March 2019

The Association for Progressive Communications, FORUM-ASIA and Humanists International invite you to a side event to discuss freedom of expression and diversity of religion and belief or non-belief in online spaces. Religion and peoples’ experiences as a result of their belief or non-belief is a highly popular topic of discussion in online spaces. While the UN Special Rapporteurs on freedom o...

New wave of Israeli legislation posing severe threats to internet freedoms: Written statement to HRC 40
New wave of Israeli legislation posing severe threats to internet freedoms: Written statement to HRC 40 25 February 2019 APC and 7amleh

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and 7amleh - The Arab Centre for Social Media Advancement submit this statement ahead of the Human Rights Council 40th session to express our grave concern about the dramatic upsurge in the number of laws being put forth by Israeli legislators that violate the right to privacy and freedom of expression and often exhibit racist and discriminat...

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