Internet rights are human rights

Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 36th session
Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 36th session 11 September 2017 Maud Barret Bertelloni and Deborah Brown for APC, and Access Now

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. Concerns ...

Joint letter on keeping the internet open and secure in Hong Kong
Joint letter on keeping the internet open and secure in Hong Kong 05 September 2019 Various

Re: Threats of internet shutdowns and disruption of online communications in Hong Kong Honorable Chief Executive Carrie Lam; Honorable Members of the Executive Council of Hong Kong, We are writing to urgently request that you ensure the stability and openness of the internet in Hong Kong. We have received reports that your government intends to censor, disrupt, and block social media and other communication platforms and shut down the internet. On the 27th of August, news media reported that ...

Can the Universal Periodic Review hold governments accountable on digital rights?
Can the Universal Periodic Review hold governments accountable on digital rights? 28 August 2019 Flavia Fascendini

This article was first published on OpenGlobalRights as part of an ongoing editorial partnership with the APC. Since the signing of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948, people and governments have become used to discussing human rights and their country’s records on them, while the concept of human rights online is still quite new.  The Human Rights Council...

APC comments on the First Draft Outline of the Report by the ITU Secretary-General for the Sixth World Telecommunication/ICT Policy Forum 2021
APC comments on the First Draft Outline of the Report by the ITU Secretary-General for the Sixth World Telecommunication/ICT Policy Forum 2021 27 August 2019 APC

APC welcomes the opportunity to comment on the First Draft Outline of the Report by the ITU Secretary-General for the Sixth World Telecommunication/Information and Communication Technology Policy Forum 2021 (WTPF-21). In particular, we welcome WTPF-21’s emphasis on the potential contribution of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). I...

APC statement against communications shutdown in Jammu and Kashmir
APC statement against communications shutdown in Jammu and Kashmir 14 August 2019 APC

The Association for Progressive Communications condemns the prolonged and intentional disruption of communications services in Jammu and Kashmir by the government of India. It is particularly critical that stable communications infrastructure and services are maintained during times of conflict and key democratic moments such as when significant changes are made to the status of a region and th...

APC at APrIGF: Highlighting the importance of a human rights-based approach to internet governance
APC at APrIGF: Highlighting the importance of a human rights-based approach to internet governance 07 August 2019 APCNews

The Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF) serves as a multistakeholder platform for discussion, exchange and collaboration around internet governance issues at the regional level. At the 10th annual APrIGF, held on 16-19 July 2019 in Vladivostok, Russia, APC and its members played a key role, organising, moderating and speaking at a range of plenary sessions and workshops thr...

Submission to South African Law Reform Commission Discussion Paper 149 on Sexual Offences: Pornography and Children
Submission to South African Law Reform Commission Discussion Paper 149 on Sexual Offences: Pornography and Children 30 July 2019 APC and Research ICT Africa

Research ICT Africa (RIA) and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) welcome this opportunity to jointly submit written comments on the South African Law Reform Commission (SALRC) Discussion Paper 149 on Sexual Offences: Pornography and Children, published in April 2019. The Discussion Paper solicits views and comments on proposed amendments to the legislative framework that curre...

HRC41: Oral statement by Derechos Digitales and APC during the adoption of the Universal Periodic Review of Chile
HRC41: Oral statement by Derechos Digitales and APC during the adoption of the Universal Periodic Review of Chile 08 July 2019 APC and Derechos Digitales

Thank you, Mr. President. The Association for Progressive Communications and Derechos Digitales welcome the engagement of Chile in the UPR process and would like to focus on the recommendations related to the impact of digital technologies on the exercise of human rights. Recommendations were formulated by at least six different states on issues ranging from respect for the rights to privacy, f...

Joint statement on the internet shutdown in Rakhine and Chin States by digital rights organisations and other civil society organisations
Joint statement on the internet shutdown in Rakhine and Chin States by digital rights organisations and other civil society organisations 24 June 2019 Various

1. All governments have the duty to protect the right to freedom of expression and information, all the more so if they are democratically elected. However, the decision to shut down internet access in nine townships in Rakhine and Chin States without any prior notice or limitation clearly infringes these human rights and is a matter of great concern to our organizations as it should be to all ...

APC at RightsCon 2019
APC at RightsCon 2019 06 June 2019 APCNews

APC will be at RightsCon Tunis, the first RightsCon summit hosted in the Middle East and North Africa, where more than 2,500 expert practitioners will come together across over 400 sessions to shape, contribute to, and drive forward the global agenda for the future of human rights in the digital age. APC will join RightsCon to promote conversations on a range of issues, including...

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