[IRP] FW: APC Statement of Support for An Expert Panel on Freedom of Expression and the Internet at the UN HRC

Ginger Paque gpaque
Thu Sep 15 15:04:26 EEST 2011

Agree with Robert/Dixie.

On 15 September 2011 07:29, Bodle, Robert <Robert_Bodle at mail.msj.edu> wrote:

> I agree that IRP should endorse this APC Statement.
> robert bodle
> ________________________________________
> From: irp-bounces at lists.internetrightsandprinciples.org [
> irp-bounces at lists.internetrightsandprinciples.org] On Behalf Of Dixie
> Hawtin [Dixie at global-partners.co.uk]
> Sent: Thursday, September 15, 2011 6:35 AM
> To: irp at lists.internetrightsandprinciples.org
> Subject: [IRP] FW: APC Statement of Support for An Expert Panel on Freedom
> of Expression and the Internet at the UN HRC
> Dear IRPers ? let?s endorse this Statement  by APC supporting the Swedish
> government proposal for an expert panel on freedom of expression and the
> Internet at the UN!
> Please say if you agree or not,
> Thanks, Dixie
> From: henrik.almstrom at gmail.com [mailto:henrik.almstrom at gmail.com] On
> Behalf Of Henrik Almstr?m APC
> Sent: 14 September 2011 19:42
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> Cc: Joy Liddicoat; Anriette Esterhuysen; Valeria Betancourt; Karen Higgs;
> Grady Johnson; Johan Hallenborg; irina.schoulgin-nyoni at foreign.ministry.se
> Subject: APC Statement of Support for An Expert Panel on Freedom of
> Expression and the Internet at the UN HRC
> Dear all,
> Following the activities during the HRC 17 in June, including the APC
> parallel event on Frank La Rue's report and the cross-regional Statement by
> Sweden<http://www.regeringen.se/sb/d/14186/a/170565>, we are now excited
> to inform you about the most recent developments on the subject:
> *** Swedish Government will during the current HRC session propose an
> expert panel to be convened at the next session (HRC19). APC is issuing the
> statement below to support this proposal and we hope you are interested in
> endorsing this statement to support this important process. ***
> Please find the statement online at http://rights.apc.org, where you will
> also find APCs other work on Internet Rights.
> Kind regards
> Henrik Almstrom and the internet Rights team at APC
> *************
> JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (APC) Wednesday September 14 -- At this
> extraordinary time for human rights, social media and the internet, we
> strongly endorse the proposal of the Swedish Government for an expert panel
> on the promotion and protection of freedom of expression on the internet  to
> be convened at the 19th Session of the Human Rights Council.
> We call on all UN Member States to support this initiative.
> Following the annual report of the Special Rapporteur on the Right to
> Freedom of Opinion and Expression at the 17th Session of the Human Rights
> Council, forty governments affirmed that the same human rights that apply
> offline, also apply online, to the internet and social media. Those
> governments stated that ?Only in a few exceptional and limited circumstances
> can restrictions on content be acceptable. Such restrictions must comply
> with international human rights law, notably Article 19 of the ICCPR.?
> APC agrees that international human rights standards are the foundation for
> all States to respect, protect and promote human rights. These standards
> must apply to new technologies, including social media and the internet
> which are used by billions of people around the globe. The interface of
> human rights and the internet is a new issue for the Human Rights Council,
> but one that is quickly emerging in multiple areas. The Council?s recently
> released General Comment No. 34 on Article 19 of the International Covenant
> on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) includes specific reference to the
> internet in the context of freedom of expression.
> To be effective, the proposed panel must be constituted through an open
> process and ensure the engagement of all, particularly vulnerable and
> marginalised groups, in accordance with the rights based approach and
> principles of multi-stakeholder participation, information-sharing,
> participation and transparency.
> There is a clear need for a process through which the Council can consider
> these issues across its mandate. The consideration of human rights online
> must be institutionalised if it is to be effective.  An expert panel will
> start the necessary dialogue in the HRC which we believe should eventually
> extend beyond freedom of expression to include all human rights, civil and
> political as well as cultural, social and economic rights.
> ============================
> The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is an international
> network and non-profit organisation founded in 1990 that wants everyone to
> have access to a free and open internet to improve lives and create a more
> just world. www.apc.org<http://www.apc.org/>
> If you wish to endorse this statement please send your name and
> organisation (if applicable) to grady at apc.org<mailto:grady at apc.org> with
> ?Endorsement? in the subject line.
> ****************
> --
> Henrik Almstr?m
> Association for Progressive Communications, APC
> Johannesburg, South Africa
> www.apc.org<http://www.apc.org>
> skype: henrikalmstrom
> henrik at apc.org<mailto:henrik at apc.org>
> mobile: +27 72 311 9613
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