[IRP] Human rights and internet update

Joy Liddicoat joy
Wed Nov 30 01:50:29 EET 2011

Hi all - an update about recent initiatives that APC has been working on
with our members and networks. 

This month submissions were filed with the United Nations for the universal
periodic human rights review of four countries: India, Brazil, South Africa
and Ecuador. We also supported networks in the Philippines who were raising
issues concerned with women's access to justice, and ICTs and violence
against women. You can find more information here: http://bit.ly/t6wloJ  In
each country we believe this is the first time that internet related human
rights issues have ever been raised in the UPR process.  Recommendations
were made for action and follow up to be taken by each government.   Key
issues highlighted across the submissions were:

.         Internet governance: the need for human rights to be expressly
included and for multi-stakeholder processes (India, Brazil, South Africa)

.         The obligation to report on internet rights issues (all country

.         Freedom of expression and content control including privacy,
cybercrime law, and surveillance (South Africa, Brazil, and India)

.         The right to information, freedom of expression and the links to
democracy (India, South Africa, Ecuador, Brazil) 

.         Access to the internet as a multi-faceted concept including
infrastructure, regulatory policy, language and content diversity (Ecuador,
India, South Africa)

.         Women's human rights: access to sexual and reproductive health
information (Brazil), the need for a rights based approach to internet
related policy (India) and access to justice and violence against women


The next steps involve sending these to governments and national human
rights commissions and starting to lobby them to take up these issues. In
addition,  local "Connect Your Rights! Internet Rights are Human Rights"
campaigns will roll out in each country over the next 6 months to support
these submissions and to call on governments to take action on the
recommendations. Next week a global call will go out for contributions of
user generated content to the campaign http://rights.apc.org . These will
uploaded and distributed to build campaign momentum that will culminate at
the UPR review of each of these countries at the United Nations in May 2012.


In other developments, in March 2012 the Human Rights Council will convene
an expert panel on the internet and freedom of expression. This resulted
from an APC suggestion in HRC 17 in May, which the Swedish government
subsequently endorsed and proposed a resolution for (and which 50 countries
supported at HRC 18 in September 2011:
ternet-govern . APC is preparing for this panel and will be submitting
suggestions for experts and, if possible, sending human rights defenders to
attend and advocate for follow up action and concrete proposals. 


*If you have comments or suggestions about this, please do let us know.*


If you have any other questions or comments, please don't hesitate to ask on
this list or to me directly.


Kind regards


Joy Liddicoat



Joy Liddicoat

Project Coordinator

Internet Rights are Human Rights


Tel: +64 21 263 2753

Skype id: joy.liddicoat

Yahoo id: strategic at xtra.co.nz


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