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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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Yameen Rasheed: Killing field of dissenting voices widens in South Asia Sticky

Apr
24

Islamabad, April 23, 2017: Bytes for All, Pakistan expresses deep shock and grief at the brutal murder of prominent Maldivian blogger and civil rights activist, Yameen Rasheed

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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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