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IFEX Strategy Conference Resources

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Working Groups: Free Expression and Digital Rights

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue
United Nations Human Rights Council
This report analyses the implications of States' surveillance of communications on the exercise of the human rights to privacy and to freedom of opinion and expression.
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International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance
As technologies that facilitate State surveillance of communications advance, States are failing to ensure that laws and regulations related to communications surveillance adhere to international human rights and adequately protect the rights to privacy and freedom of expression. This document attempts to explain how international human rights law applies in the current digital environment, particularly in light of the increase in and changes to communications surveillance technologies and techniques.
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Working Groups: Freedom of Expression and Other Freedoms

Webpage: Religion and Freedom of Expression
Article 19
This webpage brings together articles on the topics of free expression and religion.
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UN Human Rights Council maintains consensus on religious tolerance and freedom of expression resolution
By Article 19
ARTICLE 19 and Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) welcome the new resolution on combating religious intolerance, which was adopted by consensus on 22 March 2013 at the 22nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC).
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Getting the facts right: Reporting ethnicity and religion
By Article 19
This document is a summary of a stdy which explores how the core values of journalism, inscribed in international and national codes of ethics, are applied in everyday journalism practice as related to coverage of ethnicity and religion.
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ARTICLE 19 unveils a practical guide for dealing with cases of incitement to hatred
By Article 19
A clearer approach is needed for states on how to address incitement to hatred in domestic laws, and how to practically assess individual cases. Today, ARTICLE 19 unveils policy guidelines to do just that, and to set out a clear path forward on this issue.
Click here (resource available in English, Arabic and French)

UN Resolutions on "Combating Defamation of Religions"
By ARTICLE 19 and the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies
On the occasion of the 9th session of the UN Human Rights Council, ARTICLE 19 and the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) would like to express serious concern about the resolutions adopted in recent years by the Human Rights Council and the General Assembly on "combating defamation of religions".
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Donor Town Hall

Donor Interviewees - On Stage
Below is a list of donors who spoke about the current funding landscape for FoE, emerging trends and other questions generated by IFEX Strategy Conference participants:
• Gordana Jankovic – Director, Network Media Program, Open Society Foundations
• Jonathan Heawood – Programmes Director, Sigrid Rausing Trust
• Louise Bermsjö – Program Manager for Democracy and Human Rights, Global Programmme Unit, Sida
• Stephen King – Partner, Government Transparency Initiative, Omidyar Network
• Lokman Tsui – Senior Analyst, Free Expression and International Organizations for Asia/Pacific, Google Foundation

IFEX's Free Expression Funding Trends Research
In 2009, IFEX began pioneering research into the challenges and opportunities experienced by its network members in finding funds for free expression work - collecting and reporting perspectives from IFEX members and following that with donor reflections on challenges and issues identified by free expression NGOs. Here are those original research reports, as context for the 2013 Donor Town Hall which is continuing the dialogue:

2011 Report: Funding Free Expression: Perceptions and Reality in a Changing Landscape
Results of survey and interviews with 21 major donors representing a broad range of private foundations and government and multilateral aid agencies in North America and Europe exploring shifts in funding patterns for international freedom of expression activity.
Summaries available in English, Arabic, French, Spanish and Russian.
Click here for a Powerpoint Presentation (English)

2009 Report: Funding for Freedom of Expression Organisations: Report of a Survey of IFEX Members (Full Report)
Results of a 2009 survey of more than 60 IFEX members looking into trends in free expression funding.
Summaries: English, French, Spanish


Campaigns Documents

Factsheet: Yorm Bopha, Cambodian land rights activist
Read about Yorm Bopha, a 29-year-old mother of one who has been actively involved in her community's struggle against forced eviction related to a high profile land conflict at Boeng Kak that has raged since 2007.
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Detained Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab writes to IFEX from prison

In a letter read out during the IFEX general meeting, detained Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab thanked IFEX members for their support and encouraged them to continue fighting for free expression. Click here (resource available in English and Arabic)


Workshop: Getting the message out

Getting Your Message Out: Audience
By Kim Pittaway
This presentation will discuss how to curate a communications strategy that will reach your organisation's internal and external audiences. It will prompt you to explore questions such as, "what motivates and influences your audiences?" and "what do your audiences want from you?"
Click here to download the PowerPoint Presentation (resource available in English)

Getting Your Message Out: Social Media
By Kim Pittaway
This presentation will encourage you to think about your communications strategy as it relates to your use of social media. You'll be encouraged to reflect on questions such as, "what kind of content can/should you share?" and "what tone/voice is appropriate for your organisation?
Click here to download the PowerPoint Presentation (resource available in English)

Getting Your Message Out: Content Mix
By Kim Pittaway
This presentation focuses on understanding where content mix fits. You'll be able to discuss different content types, and how they connect to your audience, to your communication platform(s) and to the resources you have.
Click here to download the PowerPoint Presentation (resource available in English)


Workshop: Content Development

Content Development Workshop: Editorial Output
By Elana Beiser
Learn all about how to strengthen editorial content and optimize it for an international audience through presentation, search engine optimization, and more.
Click here to download the PowerPoint Presentation (resource available in English)

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