[IRPCoalition] Fwd: IGMENA launches the Internet Legislation Atlas

Hanane Boujemi hboujemi at hivos.org
Mon Feb 29 15:17:18 EET 2016

Dear all,

I am pleased to inform you that we've just launched a new platform on Law and Human Rights. The Internet Legislation Atlas (ILA) is a pilot project which assesses and visualizes the level of compliance of selected digital rights vis-à-vis international human rights standards in seven countries of the Middle East and North Africa: Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Tunisia. The project looks at the legal frameworks that govern the Internet and focuses on the level of protection afforded particularly to the right to freedom of expression and the right to privacy.

The ILA aims to pinpoint opportunities for improvements and contribute to raising the awareness of concerned stakeholders, and empowering civil society to participate in the Internet policy dialogue in the regional and global level and influence the decision-making process in the local level. This is done through:

- Mapping the legal landscape in each country as it relates to the Internet and civil society.
- Outlining gaps and ambiguities among existing laws and regulations in relation to international human rights standards.
- Highlighting opportunities for advocacy regarding Internet-related law and policy in each country drawing on international human rights standards and best practices.
- Connecting civil society to resources that will help them navigate the legal environment.

The website of the project is : https://internetlegislationatlas.org/

A short video teaser on the project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbpUs7zzkNA

Attached is the press release we drafted with the project partner Article19. Feel free to distribute in your networks and if you have any questions. Your feedback will be also very much appreciated.

For more info about IGMENA, visit us at: www.igmena.org

Kind Regards,                

Hanane Boujemi

Senior Manager, Internet Governance Programme MENA Region
Hivos | Raamweg 16 | 2596 HL | Den Haag | The Netherlands
T + 31(0)70 376 55 00 | I www.hivos.org
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