Human Rights Council

Human rights online at the Human Rights Council 44th session
Human rights online at the Human Rights Council 44th session 29 June 2020 APC

APC’s priorities at this HRC session include the implications of COVID-19 for human rights online, the impact of digital technologies on freedom of assembly and association online, racial discrimination and inequality and new information technologies, and online gender-based violence.

HRC 50: Civil society presents key takeaways from Human Rights Council
HRC 50: Civil society presents key takeaways from Human Rights Council 14 July 2022 Various

 APC and other civil society organisations from around the world share reflections on the key outcomes of the 50th session of the UN Human Rights Council, as well as the missed opportunities to address key issues and situations.

Notes on the 50th session of the Human Rights Council
Notes on the 50th session of the Human Rights Council 14 July 2022 Verónica Ferrari and Paula Martins

APC considers the Human Rights Council (HRC) as a key mechanism for advancing human rights online. This overview includes some highlights of key outcomes and of APC’s engagement at the recently concluded 50th session of the HRC.

HRC 50: APC calls for greater focus on community-based responses to disinformation
HRC 50: APC calls for greater focus on community-based responses to disinformation 07 July 2022 APC

During the high-level discussion on countering the negative impact of disinformation on the enjoyment of human rights, APC called for efforts to collect and study community-based responses to disinformation and improve the exercise of communication rights and tools by marginalised communities.

HRC 50: Online gender-based violence poses serious threat to media freedom
HRC 50: Online gender-based violence poses serious threat to media freedom 07 July 2022 APC

In its submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, APC stresses that online attacks against women and gender-non-conforming people are one of the most serious contemporary threats to their safety, to media freedom and to gender equality more broadly.

HRC 50: Online gendered attacks against women judges in Tunisia
HRC 50: Online gendered attacks against women judges in Tunisia 06 July 2022 APC

In its submission to the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, APC welcomed the concerns raised regarding defamation campaigns against legal professionals on social media, and highlighted the case of Tunisia, where women judges are the target of online gendered attacks.

Human rights and digital technologies at the Human Rights Council 50th session
Human rights and digital technologies at the Human Rights Council 50th session 10 June 2022 Paula Martins and Verónica Ferrari

APC's priorities at this session of UN Human Rights Council include gender-based violence online, in particular the issue of gendered disinformation and violence against women journalists; freedom of expression and association; and the human rights impact of the tech sector.

Human rights online at the Human Rights Council 49th session
Human rights online at the Human Rights Council 49th session 06 April 2022 Paula Martins and Veronica Ferrari

The Human Rights Council (HRC) held its 49th session in Geneva from 28 February to 1 April. During a long session that covered five weeks, the Council discussed important country situations and thematic issues on the intersections between human rights and technology. 

Civil society calls for transparent and competitive election process for the Human Rights Council
Civil society calls for transparent and competitive election process for the Human Rights Council 11 March 2022 Various

APC has joined with over 30 other civil society organisations to send letters to member states of each of the five regional groups of UN member states, urging them to ensure competitive slates of candidates and further deepen the level of competition in the 2022 Human Rights Council elections.

HRC 49: Oral statement on online hate speech targeting religious minorities
HRC 49: Oral statement on online hate speech targeting religious minorities 09 March 2022 APC

APC welcomes the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief's focus on the use of hateful rhetoric in digital spaces to incite violence against religious minorities, which is of particular concern in India, where women especially are subjected to hate speech and threats online and offline.

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