Pioneering research launched on tech driven violence against women in Pakistan Sticky

Sep
29
Islamabad September 29, 2014: Technology based violence is exposing women to the entire spectrum of conceivable harms in Pakistan. Victims of technology based violence have suffered physical violence ranging from rape to attempted assassination, psycho-social harms and loss of development opportunities. This was revealed in a research report launched by Bytes for All, Pakistan in Islamabad. The report can be downloaded from here.
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Loss of privacy is always permanent - Snags in hearing of FinFisher case at Lahore High Court Sticky

Aug
22

Islamabad, August 20, 2014: While Digital Surveillance is increasingly becoming a concern among common citizens all over the world, the hearing for a public interest litigation case is continuously hitting snags at Lahore High Court.

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GCHQ on Trial: What to Know? Sticky

Jul
14
London, Monday 14, 2014: From Monday 14 to Friday 18 July, the British intelligence agencies and the Ministers responsible for them will be under the spotlight in an historic case to determine whether GCHQ's mass communications surveillance activities are a violation of Britain's human rights obligations.
 
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UN encourages community responses to online hatred in new report - APC and Bytes for All, leaders in promoting access and safe online spaces Sticky

Jun
27

Geneva, June 26, 2014: A new UN report discussed in Geneva on 25 June 2014, cites the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Bytes for All, Pakistan as leaders in working to protect freedom of expression online, strengthen the digital security of human rights defenders and end gender-based violence online.

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A Human Rights Mechanism for South Asia - National Workshop Sticky

Jun
08

Lahore, June 09, 2014: Given the common human rights challenges faced by all South Asian States, there is an urgent need for a South Asian Human Rights Mechanism. We are very pleased to share the news of National Workshop on Building Consensus for South Asia Human Rights Mechanism being organized in collaboration with the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), HRCP and Bytes for All in Lahore on 9-10 June 2014.

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Press Release: Bytes For All launches Hate Speech: A study of Pakistan’s cyberspace Sticky

Jun
07
Karachi, June 07, 2014: The uncontrolled spread of hate speech on the Internet and social media is reaching dangerous levels, threatening society on many levels. The first detailed research into online hate speech in the Pakistan context – “Hate speech: A study of Pakistan’s cyberspace” – was launched today at Avari Towers, in Karachi. 
 
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Hate Speech: A study of Pakistan’s Cyberspace Sticky

Jun
07

Karachi, June 07, 2014: We are very pleased to share with you the Hate Speech: A Study of Pakistan's Cyberspace. We have undertaken this study as a natural extension of the regional dialogue on freedom of expression for civil liberties organized by us in Bangkok in November 2013. The dialogue was held under the stewardship of Mr. Frank La Rue, UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression.

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Pakistan: Thinly veiled attempt at censorship and information controls Sticky

May
27
Islamabad, May 27, 2014: We strongly condemn the efforts to ‘ban’ Geo television channels, as we see this as a clear attempt at censorship. We cannot, and do not, support censorship in any form. Further, the onslaught on the Geo/Jang group is an attack on civil liberties in the garb of 'national' and 'religious' interests. 
 
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Update: 20th Hearing of Internet Freedom Case: Petitioner referred to Supreme Court Sticky

May
13

Islamabad, May 13, 2014: The 20th hearing of the Internet Freedom Case (aka Youtube Case) was held at the Lahore High Court today. The court was presented with a document of consensus reached by several different stakeholders including petitioner, the MoIT, the PTA and technical experts from the IT and Telecom industries. This consensus was developed at a high level meeting chaired by Federal Minister of IT on April 30, 2014.

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Pakistan: 47 Human Rights Organisations Across Asia Strongly Condemn the Killing of Human Rights Defender Mr. Rashid Rehman Sticky

May
10
Islamabad, May 09, 2014: The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), together with its 47 member organisations from Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Timor Leste, strongly condemn the killing of Mr. Rashid Rehman, a prominent human rights defender and lawyer in Pakistan and the Multan Task Force  Coordinator of FORUM-ASIA’s member organisation in Pakistan, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP).
 
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