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HCR43: APC statement on the escalating violence in India
HCR43: APC statement on the escalating violence in India 06 March 2020 APC

6 March 2020 Statement delivered during the General Debate on Item 3 at the 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council Thank you, Madame President. Ahead of International Women’s Day, the Association for Progressive Communications commends the courage of women across the globe, especially in Chile, India, Pakistan and Hong Kong, who have been at the forefront of protests leveraging online and offline spaces to defend democracy. We draw the attention of the Council to the esc...

Safeguarding freedom of religion or belief and gender equality at HRC43
Safeguarding freedom of religion or belief and gender equality at HRC43 06 March 2020 APCNews

Twenty-five years after the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action, women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons continue to experience discriminatory practices throughout the world, sometimes in the name of religion. In this context, the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) participated in a side event at the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council (HRC43) to look at how to move forward on safeguarding the intersection of freedom of religion or b...

APC at the Human Rights Council 43rd session: Briefing on the deteriorating human rights situation in India
APC at the Human Rights Council 43rd session: Briefing on the deteriorating human rights situation in India 04 March 2020 Gayatri Khandhadai, APC Asia policy regional coordinator

Over the past few years, individuals living in India have experienced a sharp decline in the space available for exercise of human rights, particularly the right to dissent. Since early December 2019, peaceful protests have erupted throughout India in response to the adoption of the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the targetting of religious minorities. In response, India has ...

Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 43rd session
Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 43rd session 03 March 2020 APCNews

The 43rd session of the Human Rights Council (HRC43) is taking place over four weeks (24 February to 20 March 2020) in Geneva. During this session, more than 90 reports will be presented on thematic and country-specific human rights situations from UN Special Procedures, the Secretary-General and the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The Council is expected to act on between 40 and 45 draft r...

APC condemns the crackdown on peaceful protesters in India, including the harassment of APC staff member
APC condemns the crackdown on peaceful protesters in India, including the harassment of APC staff member 05 January 2020 APC

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) condemns the crackdown on peaceful protesters in India, including the harassment of APC staff member Gayatri Khandhadai. We urge the Indian government and all relevant authorities to: Stop the crackdown on protesters. Respect and protect the rights of Indian citizens to peacefully protest, assemble and associate online and offline as guaran...

APC submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief: Gender and freedom of religion or belief
APC submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief: Gender and freedom of religion or belief 28 November 2019 APC

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) presents this report on the experience and situation of women and lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, intersex, queer and asexual (LGBTIQA+) persons and communities in relation to the intersection of religion and online spaces, with particular examples from Asia given the pressing nature of the issues in the region. Women and people of diver...

Statement of solidarity against the legal harassment of Malaysian author by local authorities
Statement of solidarity against the legal harassment of Malaysian author by local authorities 07 November 2019 Various

On 24 October 2019, local authorities in Selangor issued a formal letter to Maryam Lee requesting a statement with regard to an ongoing investigation. The investigation is being conducted under Section 10 (a) of the Syariah Criminal Enactment (Selangor) 1995, which criminalises different forms of expression that “insults or brings into contempt the religion of Islam”, in relation to a book ...

Statement of regional solidarity against attacks on digital rights activists in Southeast Asia
Statement of regional solidarity against attacks on digital rights activists in Southeast Asia 24 October 2019

A group of human rights activists and organisations from Southeast Asia are calling to stop the attacks on democracy and media activists, as well as other individuals-at-risk, for their expression online. In the increasingly authoritarian region, we stand witness to bloggers, protestors, human rights defenders, journalists and everyday internet users being harassed, threatened, b...

A look into one year of APC's impact: About roots, flowers and moving tiles
A look into one year of APC's impact: About roots, flowers and moving tiles 19 October 2019 Flavia Fascendini

APC's 2018 Annual Report offers an engaging dive into one year in the network's life. However, as comprehensive as it is, it is just a sample of the multifaceted and tireless work we all do at APC. As APC's executive director Chat Garcia Ramilo said in her introduction to this report, it is a compendium of "stories about how APC collectively strives for change," from what Bishakha Dat...

Rights in 2018: From resolutions on online gender-based violence, discrimination and privacy, to internet shutdowns in Africa, hate speech in Asia and work with youth and visual stories
Rights in 2018: From resolutions on online gender-based violence, discrimination and privacy, to internet shutdowns in Africa, hate speech in Asia and work with youth and visual stories 19 September 2019

Human rights norms and standards integrate gender and development, and are respected and promoted in internet and ICT policy, governance, development and practice. This is a compendium of the highlights from APC's Annual Report for 2018. Contributed to policy by addressing new threats to human rights online The 38th Human Rights Council session saw the updating of its landmark re...

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