Pakistan

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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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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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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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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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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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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