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Teamwork online

Teamwork online

“One is too small a number to achieve greatness.” –John C. Maxwell

Nagkita-kita ang ilang indibidwal mula sa iba’t-ibang NGOs nuong nakaraang October 8, 2013 sa Ceferina’s Restaurant sa may Matahimik St. sa Q.C. Ang laman ng huntahan, magkaron ng ‘updating’ hinggil sa kalalagayan ng “Anti-Cybercrime Law” na na-TRO sa tulak na din ng mga protesta hinggil sa ‘unconstitutionality’ ng nasabing batas. At ang presentasyon ng proyektong “3rd HR Pinduteros Choice Awards.”

Oct 8 HR Pinduteros meet small

Bahagi ito ng inisyatiba ng HRonlinePH.com hinggil sa pagtutulungan ng mga NGOs na gumagamit ng online bilang isang tool para sa promosyon at kampanya ng kani-kanilang adbokasiya sa karapatang pantao.

Marnie and Nica

Marnie and Nica

Sa maliit na ‘resources’ at sa malaking naitulong ng Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) ay inanyayahan ang mga indibidwal mula sa ilang HR NGOs at Peoples Org., siyempre hindi ‘invited’ ang mga NGOs ni Napoles na hindi rin naman namin matatagpuan kung sakaling magkamali kaming imbitahan at ‘di rin naman pupunta kasi siguradong gisado sila kung nagkataon.

May mga indibidwal din na bloggers ang inanyayahan, bagamat ang ilan ay hindi nakarating dahil sa ‘conflict’ sa skedyul. Ganunpaman ay mahigit sa 20 rin ang knakarating. Mabuti na lang at hindi na rin dumami dahil kundi ay lalaki ang bills sa restaurant.

Uminog ang pulong sa talakayan hinggil sa ‘Internet Freedom’. Ito kasi ang tema para sa 3rd HR Pinduteros Choice Awards.

“For the third time, Human Rights Online Philippines or HRonlinePH.com will give recognition to human rights defenders’ efforts to promote, assert and defend human rights by maximizing online platforms. This year the event will celebrate the assertion for freedom of expression and opinion online and offline with the theme “Internet Freedom… our rights, our choice, our voice.”

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Maliban sa mas maraming pagpapatawa at pangungulit, binigyang saysay ang talakayan ng mga panauhing tagapagtalakay na sina Nica ng FMA at Marnie ng PIFA. At katulad ng inaasahan ay ang masiglang pakikilahok ng mga nagsidalo.

“… we have seen a growing movement of people around the world who are advocating for change – for justice, equality, accountability of the powerful and respect for human rights. The Internet has often played key a role in such movements by enabling people to connect and exchange information instantly and by creating a sense of solidarity,” said UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, Frank La Rue, when presenting his annual report to the UN General Assembly.

The Special Rapporteur reminded States that, as a general rule, they must ensure that everyone enjoys his or her right to freedom of opinion and expression by maintaining free flow of information on the Internet, and ensuring that the Internet is available, accessible and affordable to all. However, La Rue recognized that freedom of expression can be restricted in very exceptional cases in line with international human rights instruments.

Humantong ang talakayan at huntahan sa tanong na kailangan pa nga ba ang isang “Anti-Cyber Crime Law”?

Sa mga nagdaang “statements” ay sinabi na natin na ang RA10175 ay magagamit lamang laban sa karapatan ng mamamayan sa malayang pamamahayag. Pagtatangka ito na pigilan ang malayang paglalahad ng kritisismo sa anumang kapalpakan ng pamahalaan.

Ilang ulit nang sinabi… Karapatan ng mamamayan ang pagpapahayag ng diskuntento o pagtutol sa anumang polisiya ng pamahalaan. Hindi ba’t ang mamamayan ang “BOSS”?

Frank La Rue explaing the work of the UN human...

Frank La Rue explaing the work of the UN human rights comission regarding the internet, at a press briefing at the Foreign Ministry, Stockholm, Sweden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression Frank la Rue clarified that there is no need to introduce new standards regulating the freedom of expression on the Internet as all standards already exist, in particular in the article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

-On 29 February 2012, at the 19th session of United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council, a Panel on Freedom of Expression on the Internet
http://humanrightshouse.org/Articles/17693.html

Para sa aking pagkakaunawa, ang tagumpay ng social networking bilang medium ay dahil binibigyan nito ng lakas ang pagkakaisa ng mamamayan upang malayang magpalitan ng mga impormasyon at magpahayag. ‘Yan ang ikinatatakot ng mga kurap. Na ang diskuntento na “expressed online” ay tutungo sa “mobilization offline”. Hindi dapat matakot ang matino.

“The successful online campaign against the unconstitutional RA10175 or the Anti-Cybercrime Act of 2012 that temporarily stopped its actual implementation and the very recent August 26 #MillionPeopleMarch in Luneta, initiated online by netizens against the PDAF scam revealed the undeniable capacity of the Filipino people to assert its rights and the use of ONLINE MEDIA as a powerful tool. The power of the people that was manifested both online and offline in both instances had proven the world how true that Philippines indeed is the social networking capital of the world. Alongside, it exposes that the recurring and continuing threat of suppression of freedom of expression also holds true, thus the need to be on guard, more vigilant and assertive in defending for these freedoms.”

Tama, ang social networking o online platform ay magtatagumpay kung pahihigpitin natin ang ika nga ay online teamwork. Online Teamwork para sa karapatang pantao. Kaya ang ‘tag line’ ng HRonlinePH.com ay “Inform. Inspire. Mobilize.”

Ang karapatang pantao ay parehas – online man o offline. Back to basic tayo, ang social networking ay katulad ng anumang pagkilos ng mamamayan -online man o offline kailangan natin ng teamwork.

RA 10175 criminalizes internet freedom an assault to human rights! -HRonlinePH.com

Human Rights Online Philippines (HRonlinePH.com), a group of human rights defenders online, stands against the present state of the Anti-Cyber Crime Law and we demand that such law must be consistent with human rights standards and perpetrators behind this spiteful law be held accountable.

RA 10175 or Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 is a State crime and an assault against the human rights of the people. HRonlinePH.com is one with the Filipino netizens in condemning its intention to deliberately go against our right to defend human rights online.Under the law, activists and human rights defenders will be the obvious and primary target of attacks by guilty politicians and government officials.

The intentional inclusion/insertion of treacherous provisions poses great danger to defenders utilizing the internet in its work to promote, defend and assert human rights against violators from the government.

The law is an obvious assault to many of the peoples’ rights both activists and ordinary citizens like free speech, freedom of expression, due process and among others. It is inconsistent with government’s obligation to respect, protect and fulfill human rights as provided in the Bill of Rights under the Philippine constitution and international Bill of Rights.

The law is also a blatant breach of the Government’s obligation and commitment to the United Nation International Covenant on Civil Political Rights (ICCPR) which states that;

Article 19

1. Everyone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference.

2. Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice.

Certainly we need a law that would protect the people from cyber criminals and it’s our elected officials’ obligation to provide us one. But we cannot allow a law that would be used to suppress any of our democratic rights and freedom may it be on the internet or on the grounds. We must not allow any law that violates standards and protection of our rights.

We challenge and demand that PNoy government fulfill its duty and obligation to protect us. Protect the people from cyber criminals and from any form of attacks of human rights violators from the government.

We reiterate and assert that it is our right to defend human rights offline and online and any law that would violate these rights must be junked and perpetrator must be held accountable!It is obviously the intention of the malicious provisions of the law for guilty politicians to protect themselves by depriving the people of venues for airing demands and remedy for their issues.

It is not a crime to criticize government inaction and irresponsibility, it is our right!

It is not a crime to expose government violations, it is our right!

It is not a crime to assert and defend our rights, it is our right!

But it is a CRIME by the Government to violate our internet freedom because it is our human rights!

via [Statement] RA 10175 is an Anti-Cybercrime Law that criminalizes internet freedom an assault to human rights! -HRonlinePH.com.

Word of the Lourd on Anti-Cybercrime Law

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by tv5theeveningnews @ youtube
October 2, 2012

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Excerpts from Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of expression

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue

Frank La Rue. Photo source: www.unmultimedia.org

Frank La Rue. Photo source: http://www.unmultimedia.org

States’ use of blocking or filtering technologies is frequently in violation of their obligation to guarantee the right to freedom of expression…
The types of action taken by States to limit the dissemination of content online not only include measures to prevent information from reaching the end-user, but also direct targeting of those who seek, receive and impart politically sensitive information via the
Internet. Physically silencing criticism or dissent through arbitrary arrests and detention, enforced disappearance, harassment and intimidation is an old phenomenon, and also applies to Internet users. This issue has been explored in the Special Rapporteur’s report to the General Assembly under the section on “protection of citizen journalists” (A/65/284). Such actions are often aimed not only to silence legitimate expression, but also to intimidate a population to push its members towards self-censorship.

http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/docs/17session/A.HRC.17.27_en.pdf

The Special Rapporteur remains concerned that legitimate online expression is being criminalized in contravention of States’ international human rights obligations, whether it is through the application of existing criminal laws to online expression, or through the creation of new laws specifically designed to criminalize expression on the Internet. Such laws are often justified on the basis of protecting an individual’s reputation, national security or countering terrorism, but in practice are used to censor content that the Government and other powerful entities do not like or agree with…

http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/docs/17session/A.HRC.17.27_en.pdf

{Repost} PHL bloggers group: SOPA, PIPA to hurt promotion of human rights – GMA News

PHL bloggers group: SOPA, PIPA to hurt promotion of human rights.

Saying the Internet has become a vital tool in the free sharing of ideas, a human rights group on Sunday said the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) bills of the US pose a threat to the exercise of the right to freedom of speech.

A group of Filipino human rights defenders and bloggers also said the SOPA and the PIPA, if approved by the US Congress, could jeopardize the promotion and protection of human rights in the Philippines.

Earlier reports said that due to inernational pressure, the US backed down on the two anti-piracy bills.

In a statement, the Human Rights Online Philippines (HROnlinePH) said, “we use Internet as a platform in the promotion and protection of human rights in the Philippines. Limitations on this vital tool would jeopardize our work.”

A report on GMA News Online said “These two pieces of legislation, both of which supposedly aim to protect intellectual property rights, have far-reaching implications on the Internet as we know it —potentially affecting the Philippines’ 30 million web users, or one out of every five Pinoys.”

Read complete article @ http://www.gmanetwork.com