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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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New Report: Internet Landscape of Pakistan 2016 - “PECB, a damaging law for cyberspace” Sticky

Aug
05

Islamabad, Friday, August 5, 2016: Bytes for All, Pakistan, a local human rights organization, has raised concern over the declining state of fundamental rights in online spaces highlighting the government’s strategy of fighting terrorism by infringing upon civil liberties. Bytes for All’s 2016 edition of its Internet Landscape of Pakistan series, documents and analyses the state of cyberspace in the country as ‘troubling’.

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Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2016, yet another story of deception from democracy Sticky

Apr
15

ISLAMABAD, April 14, 2016: Bytes for All, Pakistan, Media Matters for Democracy and the Association for Progressive Communications express their grave concerns over the recent developments regarding Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2016 in the national assembly and reject the bill in its current shape.

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The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015 - Documents Sticky

Apr
14

Islamabad, April 14, 2016: This is unfortunate that it took almost 24 hours for digital rights activists and media to get hold of the copy of recently passed “The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015”. We received all the following documents in hard copy so had to scan them to put online for everyone’s review and access. 

There are five different files as listed below:

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Security v Access: The Impact of Mobile Network Shutdowns in Pakistan Sticky

Sep
28

Islamabad, September 28, 2015: A new report released on Monday reveals the socio-economic costs of mobile network shutdowns and argues that in some cases such disruptions can actually threaten the very right these practices seek to preserve: the right to life.

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Islamabad to Celebrate Independence Day by Shutting Down Communication Channels Sticky

Aug
13

Islamabad, August 13, 2015: Mobile phone users in several parts of Islamabad and Rawalpindi woke up on Thursday morning to find that they were unable to make calls, send text messages or use mobile Internet services on their cell phones as they were not receiving any signals from their telecom service providers. In at least some cases, this extended to Internet Services provided by ISPs that use a wireless rather than landline network.

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PTA document indicates potential closure of Blackberry Services in Pakistan Sticky

Jul
23

Islamabad, July 23, 2015: According to a Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) document (F.

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PI and B4A IPT Complaint: Court says GCHQ spied on Human Rights NGOs, acted unlawfully Sticky

Jun
21

London, June 22, 2015: Today, The Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) revealed that the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) spied on two international human rights organisations, failed to follow ITS own secret procedures and acted unlawfully. The targeted NGOs are the South African Legal Resources Centre (LRC) and the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR).

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