Pakistan

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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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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End Impunity and Bring Perpetrators of Sabeen to Justice Sticky

Apr
26

Islamabad/Bangkok, 27 April 2015: The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), together with its Pakistani member Bytes for All, strongly condemns the killing of Sabeen Mahmud. The groups also call on the government of Pakistan to ensure the protection of human rights defenders and bring perpetrators of the brutal murder of Sabeen Mahmud to justice.

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Charter of Demands PECB2015: Privacy Commission, Data Protection & Extending Jurisdiction of NHRC Sticky

Apr
24

Islamabad, Friday, April 24, 2015: This charter of demand has been prepared in response to the draft of Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill (PECB) 2015, approved by the National Assembly Standing Committee on Information Technology. The human rights concerns related to the approved draft of PECB have been well documented.

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Leaked draft of Prevention of Electronic Crimes bill draconian and against principles of FoE and FoI Sticky

Apr
16

Islamabad – 16 April 2015: The draft of Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2015 leaked to activists includes various clauses that go against the fundamental rights of freedom of expression and access to information. The draft has been approved by an expert committee constituted by National Assembly Standing Committee on Information and Technology.
 

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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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65 NGOs call on governments to support the establishment of a UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy Sticky

Mar
07

Friday, March 06, 2015 (Via APC): The undersigned non-governmental organisations working to protect human rights write to encourage governments to support the creation of a new Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy at the Human Rights Council (HRC) 28th ordinary session in March.

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