It's Not YouTube, It's OurTube - Access Is My Right!

Nov
27

Islamabad, November 27, 2012: Freely accessible and open internet platforms for education, awareness and entertainment are what people turn to when their governments fail to provide them the infrastructure and safe spaces to develop into healthy minded individuals, capable of contributing positively to the nation's progress.

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Access Is My Right!

Islamabad, November 26, 2012: Internet filtering and online censorship is increasingly becoming a norm in the country. In the name of national security, war on terror, religious morality and indecency, the Government of Pakistan has been hyperactive in curtailing means of communications, expression and information access over the Internet spanning larger digital communications sphere.

Harassed Online and Nowhere to Go! - Take Back the Tech! 16 days x 16 stories

Nov
25

Islamabad, 25 November 2012: *Farzana was checking her Facebook, as usual, from the school’s computer lab and noticed she had a friend request from one of her female colleagues, *Daniya Habib. She accepted the request and went on to check out her friend’s profile. A few moments later, she hurriedly ran off to find Daniya.

Daniya’s profile contained embarrassing fictitious information about her private life, intimate pictures of her with her husband and a number of other fictitious details alleging her of not good character.

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Take Back The Tech! 16 days x 16 stories - Tell. Listen. Act.

Nov
24

Bytes for All, Pakistan and Take Back The Tech: The act of storytelling is transformative. When you tell a story, you are defining the experience. You are naming the actors, narrating the event, framing the values and deciding which details matter. In other words, you are constructing reality. When you listen to a story, you are allowing your point of view to be shifted, and be immersed into another reality. When you listen actively, you are also moved through more profound understanding.

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UN Human Rights Council Membership Must be Earned by Upholding Highest Standards: Clean Slates Permitted Empty Pledges by Asian States

Nov
13

Geneva/Bangkok, 13 November 2012: Yesterday’s elections of members to the Human Rights Council by the United Nations General Assembly in New York has demonstrated the unfortunate continuation of reproachful practices in electing Asian member States to the UN’s principal body which is responsible for promoting universal respect for the protection of human rights, as only 5 candidates were put forward to fill the 5 vacant seats for the Asia group. “The clean-slate practice has become the rule rather than the exception.

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Open Letter to the Candidates to the United Nations, Human Rights Council

Nov
12

Excellencies, We are a diverse group of nongovernmental organisations from all parts of the world who have contributed to the Human Rights Council (the Council) and its work since its establishment. We write to you regarding your candidacies for membership of the Council.

In establishing the Council in 2006, the General Assembly provided that Council members "shall uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights" and "fully cooperate with the Council" (GA Resolution 60/251).

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A new wave of surveillance in Pakistan

Oct
29

Modern information and communications technologies are now seamlessly integrated into our daily lives. Internet-based communications are no longer a luxury, but rather a necessity, for people across the globe. This is particularly the case in developing countries where, as well as helping individuals communicate, learn and connect, technologies play a vital role in advancing fundamental human rights and fuelling social progress.

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Call for Participation | Digital Security for Women Human Rights Defenders & Journalists | Islamabad, Pakistan

Oct
28

Islamabad, Pakistan, 29 October 2012: In recent years, Internet and digital communications have become one of the most important tool for expression, free speech, assembly and upholding democratic principles and human rights in any society throughout the world. In Pakistan, this medium is being used very effectively by different segments of society, especially youth and human rights groups to promote advocacies and strengthen their activism for social change.

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Malala Yousafzai: An irreplaceable asset for the nation

Oct
09

Islamabad, October 09, 2012: Bytes for All, Pakistan, is in deep shock on hearing the sad news of a brutal attack on world renowned, 14 year old, peace and human rights activist Malala Yousafzai from Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It was a well known fact that her life had been under constant threat for a long time for her women rights work that she was doing in her community. She was attacked today by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, a terrorist organization, while she was returning from her school with her schoolmates.

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It’s OurTube: Religion-based censorship will only fuel hate speech

Sep
18

Islamabad, September 18, 2012: Following the release of an anti-Islam movie “Innocence of Muslims” on YouTube, the Islamic world has been ablaze with protesters making a range of demands, from the prohibition of the movie and all websites hosting it, to the murder of all those associated with its production.

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