Shahzad Ahmad wins Doughty Street Advocacy Award 2014: Read his Acceptance Speech Sticky

Mar
21

London, March 21, 2014: We are very pleased to announce that Shahzad Ahmad, Country Director, Bytes for All, Pakistan has won the Doughty Street Advocacy Award 2014 by Index on Censorship. The award ceremony was held on March 20, 2014 at the Barbican Centre, London, and was attended by a large number of academics, researchers, activists, artists and media professionals. Read his acceptance speech below.

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Update: 19th Hearing of Internet Freedom Case – morality, national security and law & order takes center stage Sticky

Mar
13
Lahore, Thursday, March 13, 2014:  The 19th hearing of the Bytes for All vs. The Federation of Pakistan Net Freedom case was held today in a very crowded court room with a large number of lawyers, media professionals and concerned citizens present in court. This is a petition in Lahore High Court, currently being followed by global digital rights movement for its possible impact and implications on freedom of expression, speech, assembly & the right to access information, not only in Pakistan but also in the larger Muslim world. 
 
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Pakistan: Say No to Legalised Underage Marriage Sticky

Mar
12
Islamabad, March 12, 2014: Bytes For All, Pakistan, strongly condemns the Council of Islamic Ideology's (CII) recommendation for the abolition of laws against underage marriage in the country, and backs the call of parliamentarians to reconstitute the CII.
 
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Update: 18th Hearing of Internet Freedom Case – Federal Minister failed again to appear in the court Sticky

Mar
11
Lahore, Tuesday, March 11, 2014:  The 18th hearing of the Bytes for All vs. The Federation of Pakistan Net Freedom case, more commonly known as the ‘YouTube case’, was held today at the Lahore High Court. This Net Freedom case of global importance is being heard by a Division Bench, headed by the Honorable Justice Mansoor Ali Shah. 
 
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Update: 17th Hearing of Internet Freedom Case – Federal Minister for IT summoned again! Sticky

Feb
25
Lahore, Tuesday, February 25, 2014:  The 17th hearing of the Bytes for All vs. The Federation of Pakistan, commonly known as the YouTube case, was held at Lahore High Court today, on February 25, 2014. In October 2013, after 16 hearings, this case was referred to a larger bench for further hearings and decision. Today’s hearing, held nearly four months after the previous one, was the first before a divisional bench.
 
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Complaint filed to Investigatory Powers Tribunal in UK over privacy violations Sticky

Feb
12

Wednesday, February 12, 2014: Bytes for All, Pakistan through specialized legal services from Bhatt Murphy Solicitors in UK have filed a complaint against the Government of United Kingdom for its invasive surveillance practices that may have been infringing upon the privacy rights of people living outside of UK.

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Open Letter to NCSW: Technology based Violence against Women and Girls in Pakistan Sticky

Dec
11

Islamabad, December 10, 2013: On the auspicious occasion of the International Human Rights Day, and the day that marks the end of the international ‘sixteen days of activism’ campaign to end violence against women, we write to you to share some thoughts and concerns with regards to the interplay of ICTs and gender issues in Pakistan.

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Update: Pakistan Internet Freedom Case goes to a larger bench at Lahore High Court Sticky

Oct
21

Islamabad, October 21, 2013: After 14 hearings, a lot of deliberations, several inputs from experts within the country and abroad, the Honorable Justice Mr. Mansoor Ali Shah on September 19, 2013 has marked the Internet Freedom Case, also known as YouTube Case, to the Honorable Chief Justice, Mr. Umar Ata Bandial to be fixed before larger bench. This means that a full bench of either three or five judges at the Lahore High Court will now further deliberate this case.

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Pakistan: ARTICLE 19 and Bytes for All condemn proposed ban on instant messaging Sticky

Oct
10
Islamabad, October 10, 2013: ARTICLE 19 and Bytes for All (Pakistan) condemn the proposed three-month blanket ban on instant messaging and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services in Sindh Province, Pakistan. The proposal, issued by the Sindh province authorities last week, should be retracted immediately as it is incompatible with international standards on freedom of expression.
 
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Response to Pakistan's submission to the 24th Human Rights Council on the importance of multi-stakeholder Internet Governance Sticky

Oct
02

Islamabad, October 02, 2013: At the 24th session of the Human Rights Council, during General Debate on the promotion and protection of all human rights, Pakistan, speaking on behalf of Ecuador, Venezuela, Cuba, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Russia, Indonesia, Bolivia, Iran, and China, expressed concerns regarding revelations of the use and abuse of advanced surveillance technologies by some States, in serious violation of the right to privacy and international law.

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