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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 ...

Gendering Self-Censorship: Women Journalists and the Double Bind
Gendering Self-Censorship: Women Journalists and the Double Bind 18 July 2018 Media Matters for Democracy

Women, no matter which region, field or context they are in, are no strangers to self-censorship. The social constructs of "good women" globally encourage submissive, compromising behaviour from women, and self-censorship, especially in matters of importance, is generally encouraged. Pakistani women are no different. Censoring themselves, especially if their opinions are dissenting from the mainstream, is second nature. At home and within their families, censoring their fe...

7amleh, APC member in Palestine and Israel: The new Israeli Cyber Law paves the way for unlawful hacking and digital rights violations
7amleh, APC member in Palestine and Israel: The new Israeli Cyber Law paves the way for unlawful hacking and digital rights violations 12 July 2018 7amleh- Arab Center for Social Media Advancement

7amleh – The Arab Centre for Social Media Advancement, APC's member in Palestine and Israel, warns of the risks and dangers that emanate from the newly proposed Cyber Security and National Cyber Directorate Bill in Israel. The bill, which was circulated to ministers in Netanyahu’s government last month, represents years of consultation about Israel’s approach to cybersecurity. In the law...

Media Matters for Democracy: Letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan to curb the spread of election-related online misinformation
Media Matters for Democracy: Letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan to curb the spread of election-related online misinformation 05 July 2018 Media Matters for Democracy

  Media Matters for Democracy (MMfD), our member in Pakistan, has published a letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan to curb the spread of election-related online misinformation and ensure implementation of  the Code of Conduct (CoC) for political parties in online spaces. We are republishing their letter here, in the context of political and religious violence i...

Call to members of the European Parliament: Open letter on the EU copyright reform
Call to members of the European Parliament: Open letter on the EU copyright reform 02 July 2018 Various

With a crucial vote taking place on 5 July in the European Parliament, over 145 organisations representing human rights, privacy, civil rights and media freedom organisations, start-ups, software developers, publishers, creators, journalists, radios, libraries, higher education and research institutions call upon the European Parliament to vote against the Legal Affairs (JURI) Committee mandate...

Right to information: Clouds over Pakistan’s "sunshine laws"
Right to information: Clouds over Pakistan’s "sunshine laws" 27 June 2018 Sadaf Khan

In October 2017, Media Matters for Democracy (MMfD) and its team of reporters started a journalistic endeavour to test the effectiveness of the right to information (RTI) laws in the federal capital Islamabad, and the provinces of Sindh, Punjab, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Between October 2017 and March 2018, the team filed a total of 195 records requests to different public bodies across Pakistan ...

The RTI implementation challenge: An overview of implementation status of RTI laws in Federal, Sindh, KP and Punjab
The RTI implementation challenge: An overview of implementation status of RTI laws in Federal, Sindh, KP and Punjab 27 June 2018 Waqas Naeem

In the last five years the legislative landscape governing the practice of the right to information (RTI) in Pakistan has improved tremendously. RTI was codified as a constitutional right of the citizens of Pakistan with the 18th amendment in April 2010. The right was granted through the inclusion of Article 19(A) which states: “Every citizen shall have the right to have access to information...

Online violence against women and girls: APC oral statement at the Human Rights Council 38th session
Online violence against women and girls: APC oral statement at the Human Rights Council 38th session 20 June 2018

Oral statement delivered under Item 3: Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, its Causes and Consequences, and the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants  UN Human Rights Council 38th Session 20 June 2018 Speaker: Bruna Martins dos Santos Thank you, Mr. President.  The Association for Progressive Communications welcomes the re...

Internet rights in focus: 38th session of the Human Rights Council
Internet rights in focus: 38th session of the Human Rights Council 19 June 2018 Deborah Brown and Sidra Rizvi (APC) and Kyung Min Kim (Access Now)

The 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council is taking place from 18 June to 6 July 2018 in Geneva. Internet rights will be in focus this session, with a number of resolutions, panels and reports focused on the online dimension of human rights issues. Resolutions relating to the internet and human rights Internet and human rights: Sweden, together with Brazil, Nigeria, Tunisia, and the Uni...

Internet freedom in Africa and the Universal Periodic Review
Internet freedom in Africa and the Universal Periodic Review 13 June 2018 Ashnah Kalemera

Human rights review mechanisms such as the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and the Africa Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) provide a unique opportunity to address human rights concerns in African countries. The cooperative nature of the review mechanisms allows different stakeholders to make country submissions for consideration by the Human Rights Counci...

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