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Religious intolerance & impunity nurture killing field in Pakistan Sticky

Apr
18

ISLAMABAD, (April 18, 2017): Bytes for All, Pakistan (B4A), Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemn the gruesome killing of 23-year-old Mashal Khan by a vigilante mob at Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan for purported blasphemy[1].

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Freedom of Expression and Religious Belief at the UN Human Rights Council Sticky

Mar
07

Geneva, Wednesday, March 08, 2017: This week, Bytes for All (B4A) is running a series of events at the UN Human Rights Council (UN HRC) – currently in its 34th session – to highlight how issues around freedom of expression and religious belief (FoE and FoRB) are playing out in the digital environment in Asia.

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Joint statement to UN human rights council – online religious expression in Asia Sticky

Feb
15

Islamabad, February 13, 2017: The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) in general consultative status at the UN, along with Bytes for All, Pakistan, Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) and Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) NGO(s) without consultative status have submitted the followin

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Bytes for All demands recovery of Pakistan's forcibly 'disappeared' bloggers and activists Sticky

Jan
11

Islamabad, Wednesday, January 11, 2017: Bytes for All, Pakistan is distressed to note that the start of the year 2017 has brought with it the enforced disappearances of number of vocal bloggers and activists. While the exact number of the missing persons and details around their abductions is unknown, there are reasons to suspect that this growing number is a result of a meticulously planned crackdown against those who question the state and demand restoration of their rights.

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Shrinking Spaces: Arbitrary measures by authorities impact rights to assembly and association online Sticky

Jan
10

Islamabad, Tuesday, January 10, 2016: Cyberbullying, frequent closure of mobile networks, and arbitrary interpretation of precariously drafted legislation are some of the leading causes that deny citizens their right to association and assembly over the Internet in Pakistan, a new report has revealed.

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New Research: Desecrating Expression - An Account of Freedom of Expression and Religion in Asia Sticky

Dec
09

December 08, 2016, Internet Governance Forum – Mexico: Restrictions on the freedom of expression in the context of religion are eroding the space for democratic discussions including academic and legal discourse in Asia, Reveals ‘Desecrating Expression: An Account of Freedom of Expression and Religion in Asia’ a study by Bytes for all, Pakistan and FORUM-ASIA.

Key findings of the study refute the common perception that these restrictions are prevalent in Islamic countries, only. As, these violations are also prevailing in countries such as India, Sri Lanka and Myanmar.

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Lack of Privacy remains a cause for concern, says annual privacy briefing Sticky

Dec
03

Islamabad, December 03, 2016: Bytes for All has stressed on the need for privacy and data protection to ensure citizen data remains safe in an annual privacy briefing released in collaboration with Privacy International titled: State of Privacy in Pakistan.

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Corporate actors must not facilitate human rights violations through new Chinese rules Sticky

Dec
03

Islamabad, December 03, 2016 (with Article 19 and various organizations): Recent efforts by Verisign at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) in response to China’s new draft Internet Domain Name Management Rules present a serious threat to the right to privacy and freedom of expression online.

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Organisations condemn the abuse of power by the police in raiding the office of EMPOWER Sticky

Dec
02

Islamabad, December 02, 2016: The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) along with Bytes for All, Pakistan and Digital Empowerment Foundation, India strongly condemn the harassment of human rights defenders in Malaysia by raiding the office of Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) and confiscating important documents. The unjustified raid on the office of EMPOWER took place on 28 November 2016 when only two staff were in the premises. This is the second organisation to be raided and harassed by authorities in the last week in Malaysia.

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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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