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Pakistan's new cyber crime law set to raise havoc for political expression and religious freedoms Sticky

Aug
11

Islamabad, August 11, 2016: Bytes for All, Pakistan, has expressed extreme dismay over the passing of the “Prevention of Electronic Crimes” bill (commonly referred to as the 'Cybercrime bill ') by the National Assembly today. As the bill has now been passed by both houses of Parliament, all that remains for it to become enacted as law is the formality of assent by the President.

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New Report: Internet Landscape of Pakistan 2016 - “PECB, a damaging law for cyberspace” Sticky

Aug
05

Islamabad, Friday, August 5, 2016: Bytes for All, Pakistan, a local human rights organization, has raised concern over the declining state of fundamental rights in online spaces highlighting the government’s strategy of fighting terrorism by infringing upon civil liberties. Bytes for All’s 2016 edition of its Internet Landscape of Pakistan series, documents and analyses the state of cyberspace in the country as ‘troubling’.

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Despite proposed amendments by Senate, PECB continues to pose a threat to citizen’s fundamental rights Sticky

Jul
28

Islamabad, (July 28, 2016): Amendments proposed by Senate’s Standing Committee on IT and Telecommunications have failed to address key concerns regarding human rights violations raised by various civil society stakeholders. Civil Rights organisations that engaged with the senate committee on the matter, express concerns about the draft of Pakistan Electronic Crime Bill,2016, approved by the Senate Standing Committee on IT and Telecommunication.

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Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2016, yet another story of deception from democracy Sticky

Apr
15

ISLAMABAD, April 14, 2016: Bytes for All, Pakistan, Media Matters for Democracy and the Association for Progressive Communications express their grave concerns over the recent developments regarding Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2016 in the national assembly and reject the bill in its current shape.

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The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015 - Documents Sticky

Apr
14

Islamabad, April 14, 2016: This is unfortunate that it took almost 24 hours for digital rights activists and media to get hold of the copy of recently passed “The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015”. We received all the following documents in hard copy so had to scan them to put online for everyone’s review and access. 

There are five different files as listed below:

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Violations of freedom of expression in the name of religion increasingly taking place online, impacting women and sexual minorities Sticky

Feb
18

18 February 2016

Violations of freedom of expression in the name of religion, are increasingly taking place online, and disproportionally impact women and sexual minorities. This was the focus of a statement launched by APC and Bytes for All, Pakistan to contribute to the last report of the UN Special Rapporteur of Freedom of Religion or Belief’s, released in light of the upcoming Human Rights Council session.

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Call for clarity on terms of lifting of YouTube ban in Pakistan Sticky

Jan
26

ISLAMABAD (25 January 2016): Bytes for All, Pakistan (B4A) and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) demand clarity from the government of Pakistan and Google regarding the terms agreed on.

A recent statement issued by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) claimed that Google has “promised” to remove any material deemed offensive by the PTA from YouTube. B4A and APC are concerned that this will pave the way for the government to further restrict the right to political expression and discussion on critical human rights issues in Pakistan.

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Government Must Explain Arbitrary Mobile Blackouts in Islamabad Sticky

Dec
18

ISLAMABAD, Dec 18, 2015: Bytes for All, Pakistan (B4A) has demanded that authorities explain the mobile network shutdowns that have been happening every week in Islamabad, roughly coinciding with the time of Friday sermons at mosques. The digital rights organisation added that it was preparing to file a constitutional petition against the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and the Federal Government at the Islamabad High Court on the matter.

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