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MISA Regional 2023 Annual Report (Now Available!!!)

In these precarious conditions, expression and truth-telling are the first layers of casualty, as nations recoil, become inward looking, focusing on narrow national issues at the expense of a holistic picture. Suffice to say the entire construct of humanity is highly vulnerable due to such inward-looking approaches.

MISA STATEMENT TO THE AFRICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN AND PEOPLES’ RIGHTS ON THE RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN SOUTHERN AFRICA AT THE 79th ORDINARY SESSION OF THE AFRICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN AND PEOPLES’ RIGHTS

Honourable Commissioners, in 2021, the ACHPR passed Resolution 473 on the need to undertake a study on human and people’s rights and artificial intelligence. I am also cognizant of the ongoing African Union Commission consultative processes on the same, where MISA made formal submissions. 

SADC calls on journalists to amplify appeals for regional humanitarian support

“Governments in the region are constrained in their ability to support due to significant economic challenges, including public debt burdens and other social priorities such as the response to the cholera outbreaks, and as a result, the region will soon be
launching a regional humanitarian appeal for support,” he said in a speech read on his behalf by the deputy executive secretary, Judith Kateera.

Now Available: AI Report on Southern Africa

Applications of AI in Southern Africa are in their early stages. Many pilot projects and technology-driven business models demonstrate the potential for AI to benefit underserved populations, better connect local communities and international technology firms, and improve lives.

ACHPR raises concern over mass surveillance

In a statement following the 77th Ordinary Session held from 20 October to 9 November 2023 in Arusha, Tanzania, the ACHPR reminded African nations that Principle 41 of the Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa states that countries should only engage in targeted surveillance in conformity with international human rights law.