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New Report: Cyber armies, judicial activism and enforced disappearances - emerging threats for Internet freedoms in Pakistan Sticky

Dec
20

ISLAMABAD, (December 20, 2017): Bytes for All, Pakistan is highly concerned over the emerging threats to the Internet landscape in the country. The emerging threats range from arbitrary administrative shutdowns, misplaced judicial activism against Internet freedoms, rise of cyber armies, enforced disappearances of activists and abuse of cyber-crime laws. 

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New Report: How Pakistan blocked news outlets, social media sites, and IM apps amidst protests Sticky

Nov
29

Islamabad, November 29, 2017: Last weekend, a number of social media sites and news outlets were blocked in Pakistan during Islamist protests. Protesters gathered in Islamabad alleged that Mr. Zahid Hamid, the Federal Law Minister, should be removed from his position because he omitted a reference to the Prophet Muhammad in a parliamentary bill.

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Pakistan: Blocking information channels can never be a solution, it is always a problem! Sticky

Nov
25

Islamabad, November 25, 2017: Bytes for All, Pakistan (B4A) is extremely concerned over the complete information blackout in the country and demands the government to immediately restore unfettered access to internet, social media platforms, media channels and mobile services, where network shutdown is being imposed. 

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Pakistan: Stop harassment, arbitrary arrests and disappearances of human rights defenders Sticky

Aug
10

Islamabad/Bangkok/Kathmandu, 10 August 2017: The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and its member Bytes for All, Pakistan (B4A) express grave concern over the recent cases of systematic harassment, arrests and serial abductions of human rights defenders (HRDs) by security forces in Pakistan. HRDs in Pakistan are operating in increasingly precarious conditions.

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RTI requests get NADRA's whistleblower system restored Sticky

Jun
25

Islamabad, June 25, 2017: We are delighted to note that following our intervention through Pakistan’s federal right to information system, NADRA has restored its Whistleblower program which it had earlier shut down for unexplained reasons.

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Asia'a war on free expression must end Sticky

Jun
20

Islamabad/Bangkok, June 19, 2017: At the start of this week, a man named Taimoor Raza was sentenced to death by a court in Pakistan. His crime? Posting an allegedly blasphemous comment on Facebook.

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Pakistan government’s alleged leaking of citizens’ private data is unacceptable Sticky

Jun
18

Islamabad, (June 18, 2017): A recent Wikileaks revelation has reinforced our longstanding concerns about insufficient data protection mechanisms available for safekeeping of Pakistani citizens’ private data. According to the leak, the Pakistani government has facilitated an alarming amount of Pakistani citizens’ data to be taken away from National Database Regulatory Authority (NADRA) servers due to potentially faulty data security measures. 

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Concerns come true as state criminalises pre-election political dissent Sticky

May
25

Islamabad, May 25, 2017: It has been less than a year since the controversial Pakistan Electronic Crime Act (PECA) was passed by the Parliament. However, the concerns of misuse of this partially unconstitutional act are fast becoming true with criminalisation of political dissent and other forms of free speech (which should not be confused with 'dangerous speech' [1]).

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Government of Pakistan must protect National Commission for Human Rights Sticky

May
15

Bangkok/Kathmandu/Islamabad, May 15, 2017: Bytes for All, Pakistan (B4A), the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), the Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI), and other undersigned organisations express deep concern and condemn an incident during a parliamentary committee meeting, which undermines the independence of the National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) of Pakistan. The undersigned organisations offer strong solidarity and support to the Commission and its members, especially the Commission Member from Islamabad, Mr.

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World Press Freedom Day 2017 marks a new low for free speech in Asia Sticky

May
03

Islamabad, May 03, 2017: On this World Press Freedom Day, the world stands at its lowest state of press freedom in 13 years. In particular, the state of press freedoms in Asia is increasingly becoming enveloped in a climate of fear, with blatant violations of fundamental rights and authoritarian controls taking over the journalistic missions to tell the truth.

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