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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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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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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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Bytes for All demands recovery of Pakistan's forcibly 'disappeared' bloggers and activists Sticky

Jan
11

Islamabad, Wednesday, January 11, 2017: Bytes for All, Pakistan is distressed to note that the start of the year 2017 has brought with it the enforced disappearances of number of vocal bloggers and activists. While the exact number of the missing persons and details around their abductions is unknown, there are reasons to suspect that this growing number is a result of a meticulously planned crackdown against those who question the state and demand restoration of their rights.

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New Research: Desecrating Expression - An Account of Freedom of Expression and Religion in Asia Sticky

Dec
09

December 08, 2016, Internet Governance Forum – Mexico: Restrictions on the freedom of expression in the context of religion are eroding the space for democratic discussions including academic and legal discourse in Asia, Reveals ‘Desecrating Expression: An Account of Freedom of Expression and Religion in Asia’ a study by Bytes for all, Pakistan and FORUM-ASIA.

Key findings of the study refute the common perception that these restrictions are prevalent in Islamic countries, only. As, these violations are also prevailing in countries such as India, Sri Lanka and Myanmar.

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Lack of Privacy remains a cause for concern, says annual privacy briefing Sticky

Dec
03

Islamabad, December 03, 2016: Bytes for All has stressed on the need for privacy and data protection to ensure citizen data remains safe in an annual privacy briefing released in collaboration with Privacy International titled: State of Privacy in Pakistan.

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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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