Human Rights

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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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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Bytes for All urges government to clarify reports of mobile shutdown in Islamabad Sticky

Mar
11

Islamabad, March 11, 2015: Bytes for All, Pakistan is extremely concerned about an alleged order by Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA), directing telecom service providers in the country to enforce an unprecedented 13 day suspension of mobile phone services in Islamabad. A reliable source within the telecommunication industry has told Bytes for All that the directive issued asks them to shut down mobile networks from March 11-23, 2015 within a 5 kilometer radius of the site for 23rd March National Day Parade.

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Death Penalty is a distraction from accountability and criminal justice reform Sticky

Dec
23

Islamabad, December 23, 2014:  Bytes for All is concerned about the apparent knee jerk reaction of the Government to the recent Peshawar tragedy, and calls for the development of a pro-human rights and effective counter-terrorism policy and accountability within its own ranks, instead of using the execution of death-row prisoners as a distraction from real solutions.  

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A Human Rights Mechanism for South Asia - National Workshop Sticky

Jun
08

Lahore, June 09, 2014: Given the common human rights challenges faced by all South Asian States, there is an urgent need for a South Asian Human Rights Mechanism. We are very pleased to share the news of National Workshop on Building Consensus for South Asia Human Rights Mechanism being organized in collaboration with the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), HRCP and Bytes for All in Lahore on 9-10 June 2014.

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Pakistan: 47 Human Rights Organisations Across Asia Strongly Condemn the Killing of Human Rights Defender Mr. Rashid Rehman Sticky

May
10
Islamabad, May 09, 2014: The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), together with its 47 member organisations from Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Timor Leste, strongly condemn the killing of Mr. Rashid Rehman, a prominent human rights defender and lawyer in Pakistan and the Multan Task Force  Coordinator of FORUM-ASIA’s member organisation in Pakistan, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP).
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Response to Pakistan's submission to the 24th Human Rights Council on the importance of multi-stakeholder Internet Governance Sticky

Oct
02

Islamabad, October 02, 2013: At the 24th session of the Human Rights Council, during General Debate on the promotion and protection of all human rights, Pakistan, speaking on behalf of Ecuador, Venezuela, Cuba, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Russia, Indonesia, Bolivia, Iran, and China, expressed concerns regarding revelations of the use and abuse of advanced surveillance technologies by some States, in serious violation of the right to privacy and international law.

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Pakistan's Internet Firewall: "O Pakistan, We Stand on Guard for Thee" Sticky

Jun
20
Islamabad, June 20, 2013: A new research report by Citizen Lab and Bytes for All (B4A), Pakistan reveals that Pakistani authorities have developed an Internet Firewall using technology procured from Canadian service provider, Netsweeper
 
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Notorious spy technology found in Pakistan

May
01

Islamabad, May 01, 2013:  Bytes for All Pakistan and its partner Privacy International (UK) along with international human rights movement are shocked by the evidence received today proving the presence of a FinFisher Command and Control server in Pakistani territory, hosted by Pakistan Telecommunication Company Ltd.

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Letter of Allegation to UN Human Rights Council: Freedom of Expression in Pakistan

Mar
13

Islamabad, March 14, 2013: Bytes for All, Pakistan and The Media Legal Defence Initiative, UK have submitted a Letter of Allegation to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, calling for an end to the blocking of websites by the Pakistani government.

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