About this site

The African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms is a key tool to promote internet rights in the region. This interactive platform was created for rights advocates to engage with the Declaration by sharing resources and to give greater visibility to internet rights in Africa. Human rights defenders, journalists, policy makers, and anyone interested in internet rights, particularly in the African continent, can learn more about the Declaration and how to engage with it by sharing supplementary content related to each principle.

This interactive platform is a subdomain of http://africaninternetrights.org/, where you will find the history and background of the Declaration and its principles. Both websites are tools to promote the Declaration to be widely endorsed by all those with a stake in the internet in Africa and to help shape approaches to internet policy-making and governance across the continent.

Are you interested in joining efforts to promote and engage with the African internet rights initiative? Contribute with your research, case studies, organizational and/or personal stories, suggested readings, information about violation of the principles, events and multimedia content related to each one of the principles of the Declaration. Engage to turn the African Declaration into action!

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About the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms

The African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms is a Pan-African initiative to promote human rights standards and principles of openness in internet policy formulation and implementation on the continent. The Declaration is intended to elaborate on the principles which are necessary to uphold human and people’s rights on the internet, and to cultivate an Internet environment that can best meet Africa’s social and economic development needs and goals.

The Declaration builds on well-established African human rights documents including the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights of 1981, the Windhoek Declaration on Promoting an Independent and Pluralistic African Press of 1991, the African Charter on Broadcasting of 2001, the Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression in Africa of 2002, and the African Platform on Access to Information Declaration of 2011.

The African Declaration interactive platform is part of APC’s project Building feminist cross-movement collaboration and action on internet and human rights in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean, funded by the Ford Foundation.