Human Rights Council

APC welcomes landmark HRC resolution condemning threats to women journalists and restrictions on encryption
APC welcomes landmark HRC resolution condemning threats to women journalists and restrictions on encryption 29 September 2016 APC

The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) passed a groundbreaking resolution on 29 September concerning the safety of journalists, which contained a number of firsts. This resolution marks the first time the Council recognised that encryption and anonymity tools are vital for the work of journalists, and called upon states not to interfere with the use of such technologies. This is also the first time it elaborated on the specific threats faced by women journalists, both online and offline, as well a...

Human Rights and the Philippine digital environment. Joint submission to the Universal Periodic Review
Human Rights and the Philippine digital environment. Joint submission to the Universal Periodic Review 09 September 2016 Foundation for Media Alternatives

The Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the third cycle Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Philippines. This submission focuses on the Philippines' compliance under international human rights law on the promotion, protection and fulfillment of rights particularly in the Internet.

How will candidates advance internet rights at the Human Rights Council?
How will candidates advance internet rights at the Human Rights Council? 27 July 2016 Deborah Brown

In an effort to bring a degree of transparency to elections for the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), Amnesty International, the International Service for Human Rights and the Permanent Mission of Panama to the United Nations hosted an event at UN headquarters in New York on 22 July. The UN itself has no formal process for public debate around candidates’ qualifications to serve on the HRC, so t...

Using the Universal Periodic Review for Human Rights Online
Using the Universal Periodic Review for Human Rights Online 01 July 2016 Deborah Brown (APC) and Sheetal Kumar (GPD)

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a mechanism of the main human rights body of the United Nations (UN), the Human Rights Council (HRC). What it does is implied in its name: It is universal: It reviews the human rights record of each state according to the same parameters and procedures, whatever the human rights situation and the state’s ratification or compliance with international huma...

APC welcomes Human Rights Council resolution on the internet and human rights
APC welcomes Human Rights Council resolution on the internet and human rights 01 July 2016 APC

APC welcomes the adoption by the Human Rights Council (HRC) of resolution A/HRC/32/L.20 reaffirming the importance of promoting and protecting human rights on the internet. The resolution, which was adopted by consensus, addresses some of the most pressing challenges to human rights online today. Since its landmark resolution in 2012 and follow-up resolution in 2014, the HRC has gone from recog...

A guide to help human rights defenders navigate the Universal Periodic Review
A guide to help human rights defenders navigate the Universal Periodic Review 29 June 2016 Deborah Brown and Sheetal Kumar

The guide is designed to help human rights defenders working on human rights online navigate the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process, with resources and case studies of real life advocacy to help inform and structure engagement. It also provides examples of how the UPR has been used for human rights online, including examples of recommendations that states have accepted relating to the...

32nd Session of the Human Rights Council: Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to education, freedom of peaceful assembly and association
32nd Session of the Human Rights Council: Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to education, freedom of peaceful assembly and association 17 June 2016 APC

32nd Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3 Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to education and on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association Statement by the Association for Progressive Communications Delivered by Deborah Brown Thank you Mr. President. The Association for Progressive Communications welcomes the report by the Special Rapporteur...

Written submission to the Human Rights Councils' 32nd session: State of internet rights in India, Malaysia and Pakistan
Written submission to the Human Rights Councils' 32nd session: State of internet rights in India, Malaysia and Pakistan 16 June 2016 Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Bytes for All, Pakistan (B4A), Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) and EMPOWER

Joint written statement submitted by the Association for Progressive Communications to the 32nd session of the Human Rights Council: State of Internet Rights in India, Malaysia and Pakistan With the increasing use of the internet for the exercise of freedom of expression and exchange of opinion globally, governments must fulfill their obligation to promote and protect human rights online. Howev...

32nd session of the Human Rights Council: Oral statement by APC at the Annual Full-Day Discussion on the Human Rights of Women
32nd session of the Human Rights Council: Oral statement by APC at the Annual Full-Day Discussion on the Human Rights of Women 16 June 2016 APC

32nd Session of the Human Rights Council Annual Full-Day Discussion on the Human Rights of Women (HRC res. 6/30, 23/25 and 26/15) Oral statement by the Association for Progressive Communications, delivered by Jac sm Kee The Association for Progressive Communications welcomes the prioritisation of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in Goal 5 of the 2030 Agenda, in particu...

APC welcomes UN Special Rapporteur's report on the role of private actors in protecting and promoting freedom of expression in the digital age
APC welcomes UN Special Rapporteur's report on the role of private actors in protecting and promoting freedom of expression in the digital age 10 June 2016 Association for Progressive Communications

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) welcomes the report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, which focuses on the critical issue of the role of the information and communications technology (ICT) sector in the promotion and protection of freedom of opinion and expression. Kaye’s report, whi...

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