On 3 June the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression will present his annual report to the Human Rights Council. Tell the HRC that internet rights are human rights and that all people have the right to freedom of expression and freedom of association.

We want the Human Rights Council to adopt a participatory approach in developing responses to the issues raised by the Special Rapporteur through open processes that ensure the engagement of all, particularly vulnerable and marginalised groups, in accordance with the rights based approach and principles of information sharing, participation and transparency.

Send a message to your Foreign Ministry today! Contact details for each Ministry can be found at: http://www.ediplomat.com/dc/foreign_ministries.htm

Copy your message to your country’s Ambassador in Geneva. Contact details for the Geneva missions of each State can be found at:
http://tinyurl.com/t2cwt

Encourage them to attend the APC side event in Geneva on 3 June that will highlight these issues
http://www.apc.org/en/news/un-human-rights-council-apc-co-organises-event-int

Point out that internet rights are human rights and that all people have the right to freedom of expression and freedom of association.

No one should be subject to human rights violations such as:

a) criminalisation of online expression,
b) blocking, controlling and manipulating internet content,
c) interference with privacy and data protection,
d) unlawful surveillance, and restrictions and
e) limitations on internet access. Such actions are contrary to and a
violation of the right to freedom of expression affirmed in Article 19
of the ICCPR.

Ask for action on at least one of the recommendations in the APC statement.

Forward this alert to others. Encourage mainstream human rights organisations, friends, national human rights institutions and other allies to contact their governments and make their voices heard.

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