APC believes that the ability to share information and communicate freely using the internet is vital to the realisation of human rights as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1976), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1976) and the Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW, 1980).
The Charter was originally published in English, Spanish and French but it has now also been translated into other languages by the members of the APC national policy network, including more widely spoken languages such as Portuguese (sixth in the world), Bengali (seventh), Russian (eighth) and Urdu (twentieth) and multiple lesser-spoken languages such as Macedonian and Jju (a minority language in Nigeria).
According the Charter, the following rights should be recognised, protected and respected:
* Theme 1: Internet access for all
* Theme 2: Freedom of expression and association
* Theme 3: Access to knowledge
* Theme 4: Shared learning and creation – free and open source software and technology development
* Theme 5: Privacy, surveillance and encryption
* Theme 6: Governance of the internet
* Theme 7: Awareness, protection and realisation of rights