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

Marcin de Kaminski marcin.dekaminski
Thu Sep 15 15:56:50 EEST 2011

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Fr?n: "Marcin de Kaminski" <marcin.dekaminski at gmail.com>
Datum: 15 sep 2011 14:56
?mne: Re: [IRP] FW: APC Statement of Support for An Expert Panel on Freedom
of Expression and the Internet at the UN HRC
Till: "Dixie Hawtin" <Dixie at global-partners.co.uk>

+1, also The Julia Group has asked to be added to the statement. Most
probably as the only Swedish ngo btw...

Den 15 sep 2011 12:31 skrev "Dixie Hawtin" <Dixie at global-partners.co.uk>:

> 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;
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> 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>

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