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

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>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
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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 
>Statement by Sweden, 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
>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 
>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 
>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 
>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.?
>If you wish to endorse this statement please send your name and 
>organisation (if applicable) to?<mailto:grady at apc.org>grady at apc.org?
>with ?Endorsement? in the subject line.
>Henrik Almstr?m
>Association for Progressive Communications, APC Johannesburg, South 
>Africa <http://www.apc.org>www.apc.org
><mailto:henrik at apc.org>henrik at apc.org
>mobile: +27 72 311 9613
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