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No. 134 Connecting Our Rights: Strategies for Progress

Joy Liddicoat
Association for Progressive Communication



Enhanced Cooperation

By 2013 over 10 different United Nations human rights mechanisms had focused on internet rights issues (women's human rights, civil and political rights, and human rights defenders). The workshop will assess these developments and the implications for global internet governance and public policy. The workshop will share and critically analyse strategies for effective monitoring of, and accountability for, internet rights violations.
Internet rights issues have increasing profile in national, regional & global human rights mechanisms: * what new avenues for advocacy arise and how can these support good internet governance and public policy? * are there new best practices for internet governance public policy that are human rights compliant? * how can conflicting rights, such as women's rights, freedom of association and freedom of expression, best be balanced? * what new mechanisms are available to respond to internet relaed human rights and women's rights issues? * what are the emerging governance mechanisms for ensuring human rights on the internet?

Has the proponent organised a workshop with a similar subject during past IGF meetings?


Indication of how the workshop will build on but go beyond the outcomes previously reached

There are new developments in human rights mechanisms which affect internet related public policy and which need critique in the IGF. Previous IGF workshops have focused on either specific rights and freedoms (such as acess, freedom of expression, or sexual rights) or human rights in general. This workshop will bulid on this but instead focus on these new developments, consider trends and likely progress and trajectory. Building on the 2012 IGF HR roundtable, we have invited national institutions, human rights specialists, as well as government representatives who are active in HR policy spaces and in the IGF. With this unique mix, participants will be able to examine more closely the implications of these developments and connect and share networks within the IGF. We hope that outcomes from this discussion will be made available to national IGF and HR processes, including women's human rights processes, thereby having the potential to mutually reinforce and support both. This is a new and innovative approach.

Background Paper

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Session Type

Open Discussion



Mr. Johan Hallenborg, Government of Sweden, Government, SWEDEN, Western Europe and Others Group - WEOG

Ms. Jelen Paclarin, Women's Legal Bureau, Civil Society, PHILIPPINES, Asia-Pacific Group

Have the Proponent or any of the co-organisers organised an IGF workshop before?


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Panellists and Moderator

Invited panellists, individuals and organisations

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Jelen Paclarin, Women's Legal Bureau, Female, Civil Society, PHILIPPINES, Asia-Pacific Group, Women's human rights defender

Honey Tan, Empower, Female, Civil Society, MALAYSIA, Asia-Pacific Group, Women's human rights defender

Joy Liddicoat, APC, Female, Civil Society, NEW ZEALAND, Asia-Pacific Group

Johan Hallenborg, Government of Sweden, Male, Government, SWEDEN, Western Europe and Others Group - WEOG

Monique Jeanne Morrow, CISCO, Female, Technical Community, Western Europe and Others Group - WEOG

Hesti Armuwalan, Komnas Ham, Indonesia Human Rights Commission , Female, Government, INDONESIA, Asia-Pacific Group, The national commission is accredited under the Paris Principles and is neither a government nor inter-governmental organisation. It has been listed as close as possible to the relevant stakeholder group, but none of these categories is accurate.

Special Rapporteur on Racism , Intergovernmental Organizations, KENYA, Asia-Pacific Group, Has been invited and is awaiting funding support.


Chat Garcia, Association for Progressive Communications

Remote Moderator

Grace Githaiga


Moderator: Opening remarks and introductions
Moderator: Brief scene setting, rationale and objectives and questions
Panellists: 5 minute responses to key questions based on experience in diverse human rights mechanisms: women's human rights, UN human rights, and national institutions
Open dialogue: facilitated discussion with participants with focus on what is working, what isn't and how to develop better strategies. Discussion of examples, such as civil society statement to UNHRC 23 session on PRISM and call for UN HRC session on surveillance including private sector and government perspectives.
Implications: suggestions for stakeholders, national institutions and linking with IGF networks nationally and regionally.

Inclusiveness of the Session

The workshop style will encourage shared experience and critical reflection of strategies that are effective and why. By bringing diverse country perspectives, greater insights can be gained that may distil broader themes that resonate with participants (including remote participants).
The format is well suited to remote participation. APC will use its network to raise awareness of the session (sharing information with networks about location of remote hubs for example) and also invite selected experts who are unable to attend physically to share questions with panellists and to provide inputs.

Suitability for Remote Participation

Grace Githaiga, of KICTNET (Kenya ICT Action Network) will be the remote moderator. Her task will be to actively facilitate participation by remote participants including to ask questions of remote participants during the discussion. We will encourage questions to be submitted via social media interaction and ask invited discussants to use social media to post content during and after the workshop. Before the IGF APC will prepare a briefing paper and distribute it, encouraging people to join remote hubs in their regions and to consider posting questions to the moderator and panellists in advance of the workshop, so that these can be considered during preparations.

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