European Union, European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)

The European Commission, through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), provides assistance to the development and consolidation of democracy, the rule of law and the respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Work supported:

  • Challenging hate narratives and violations of freedom of religion and expression online in Asia (2018-2020)

  • Networking for freedom online and offline: Protecting freedom of information, expression and association on the internet in India, Malaysia and Pakistan (2014-2017)

Link: https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/how/finance/eidhr_en.htm_en

Challenge hate speech: What does your hate speech monster look like?
Challenge hate speech: What does your hate speech monster look like? 13 January 2020 Cathy Chen

What does your hate speech monster look like? This is the question posed in a video we have produced as part of our project "Challenging hate narratives and violations of freedom of religion and expression online in Asia". Our #ChallengeHateSpeech project aims to contribute to the efforts made by movements pushing back against hate speech through different strategies. These include generating creative, artistic and critical content that promotes discourses and narratives t...

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 diverse and marginalised genders and sexualities or LGBTIQA+ individuals and organisations, on the one ha...

APC Annual Report 2018
APC Annual Report 2018 22 October 2019

APC's 2018 Annual Report offers an engaging dive into one year in the network's life. It’s been a year of intense work and satisfaction at APC, through community networks in rural villages in Cauca, Colombia, and Mankosi, South Africa; digital rights campaigns in Lebanon, Macedonia and Kenya; rights-based policy advocacy in Bangladesh, Cameroon, Chile and Mexico; film production in ...

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...

Contest: The power of images to challenge religion-based hate speech online
Contest: The power of images to challenge religion-based hate speech online 16 April 2019

If you are a designer, an artist, an illustrator or passionate about freedom of expression, internet rights and the power of tech, we invite you to take part in this contest! What is the contest about? APC invites artists, cartoonists, illustrators, designers, doodle enthusiasts and anyone passionate about human rights online, in particular social movements, freedom of religion, freedom of expr...

Challenging hate narratives and violations of freedom of religion and expression online in Asia
Challenging hate narratives and violations of freedom of religion and expression online in Asia 18 December 2018

“It all started with a malicious Facebook post. Photographs of venerated figures – two Hindu kings of medieval India, and a recently departed demagogue of a Hindu right-wing political party, were morphed to show them in an apparently ‘derogatory’ manner, and widely circulated over social media. As if on cue, the moment they went viral, hundreds of supporters of far right Hindu organisat...

Internet landscape of Pakistan 2017
Internet landscape of Pakistan 2017 06 December 2017 Umer Ali and Harris Bin Munawar

With the introduction of 3G and 4G technology in the last couple of years, access to the internet has become easier and Pakistan has seen a drastic increase in internet users over the past year. Pakistan currently stands 11th globally in terms of cellular subscribers. As of September 2017, cellular subscribers were around 140.76 million, which according to Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) stood...

Privacy rights under the lens: Stakeholders' joint submission for Pakistan's review under the third cycle of UPR 2017
Privacy rights under the lens: Stakeholders' joint submission for Pakistan's review under the third cycle of UPR 2017 26 November 2017 Bytes for All, Pakistan, Media Matters for Democracy, Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (EVAWG) Alliance, Association for Progressive Communications, Vision Pakistan, Neengar Society

The right to privacy plays a critical role as an enabling right for the exercise and enjoyment of other rights, as well as for the free development of an individual’s personality and identity. It also protects and enhances an individual’s ability to participate in political, economic, social and cultural life. It is to be noted with concern that any violations or abuses of the right to priv...

Human rights review: An account of online and offline shrinking spaces in Pakistan
Human rights review: An account of online and offline shrinking spaces in Pakistan 20 November 2017 Bytes for All, Pakistan, Association for Progressive Communications and Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development

The submission was prepared after consultations and closed group meetings with civil society organisations (CSOs), media and academia in Pakistan. Around 30 individuals from these stakeholder groups attended the meetings. An extensive monitoring and desk review was also part of the methodology. The status of accepted recommendations by the state during the first and second cycles of the UPR was...

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