Uproar is a programme championing digital rights in over 30 countries across Africa, MENA region and Central Asia through the Universal Periodic Review, a mechanism of the UN Human Rights Council. This initiative is coordinated by Small Media, a UK-based organisation, to support and strengthen freedom of expression online.
The Uproar project works to advance the cause of digital rights globally by supporting our network of partners to engage in international advocacy at the Universal Periodic Review. We do this by supporting digital rights organisations to advocate effectively for human rights online through the UPR and national and regional-level decision-makers. We support capacity building, advocacy, design and research.
Small Media is a London-based organisation that works to support freedom of expression and access to information globally. We work with our global partners to develop strategies and tools that can support human rights defenders, activists and journalists to work. In line with Small Media’s goals we realised an opportunity to engage in the UPR, and in 2018, we decided to set up the Uproar programme to amplify digital rights.
By working together to get internet freedom on the agenda at the UPR, we put pressure on governments to roll back harmful internet controls and implement rigorous protections for freedom of expression online. As a result, we have recorded enormous success in sustained advocacy - including recommendations on digital rights by 22 countries in Tajikistan and over 15 in Tanzania.
Uproar is composed of a dynamic and multi-disciplinary team of human rights experts, researchers, designers and developers based in the UK and across Africa.
Director of UPROAR, Uganda
Advocacy Manager, UK
Finance Officer, Poland
Head of Design, UK
Junior Designer, UK
Social Media Consultant, UK
The Collaboration on International Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) is a NGO based in Kampala, Uganda. CIPESA facilitates the use of ICT in support of development and poverty reduction. As part of the Uproar network, CIPESA works with digital rights organisations across our target countries to document human rights violations and identify areas where support is needed.
Data4Change is a UK-based non-profit organisation working at the intersection of data, design, journalism and technology, collaborating with organisations on social and policy change interventions to forge real change and lasting impact. D4C designed and developed Uproar Tools, a powerful platform that allows users to explore and interrogate all recommendations put forward at the Universal Periodic Review.
We support a network of partner organisations across target countries to advocate for internet freedom through capacity building in advocacy, research and awareness building.
Al Khatim Adlan Center for Enlightenment and Human Development
Association des Utilisateurs des TIC (ICT Users Association)
Association for Progressive Communications
Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted of Mozambique (ACAMO)
Belady: An Island for Humanity
Bloggers Association of Kenya
Center for Media Studies and Peace Building
Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation
Centre for Ruleof Law Rwanda
Citizens’ Advocacy Network
Defy Hate Now
FÓRUM DAS ASSOCIAÇÕES MOÇAMBICANAS DAS PESSOAS COM DEFICIÊNCIA (FAMOD)
Freedom of Expression Hub
Gambia Community Library
Gambia Cyber Security Alliance
Gambia Press Union
Human Rights Network for Journalists Uganda
I AM PEACE
Institute for Governance Reform
Jordan Open Source Association
Journalists for Human Rights
Kenya ICT Action Network
Ligue des droits de la personne humaine dans la région des Grands-Lacs
Media Alliance of Zimbabwe
Media Rights Agenda
National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Uganda
Sierra Leone Reporters Union
Si Jeunesse Savait
Social Media Exchange
Sudan Social Development Organization
Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THDRC)
The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa
The Media and Law Studies Association
Uganda Universal Periodic Review 2022
Women of Uganda Network
YMCA Africa Alliance
Zimbabwe Human Rights Association
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights
African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies
Campaign for Human Rights and Development International
Internet Governance Forum
Okay Africa Foundation
Rise Initiative for Women's Right Advocacy (RIWA)
Zimbabwe Centre For Media & Information Literacy
Do you want to engage in the UPR as a local partner? Want to receive or access training on UPR advocacy? Or pitch an idea for an article? Contact us now!