Pakistan

Update: 21st Hearing of Internet Freedom Case: Youtube ban remains focus of interest Sticky

Nov
19

Lahore, 19th November 2014: The 21st hearing of the Internet Freedom Case (aka YouTube case) was held at the Lahore high Court today. The hearing was presided over by Honorable Justice Mansoor Ali Shah along with Honorable Justice Ayesha Malik. Bytes for All appeared in the Lahore High Court again seeking remedies on the prayers other than Youtube unblocking in the country, while Supreme Court is reviewing its orders on YouTube ban. These prayers include stopping arbitrary censorship in the cyberspace and rampant Kill Switch and Network Disconnections in Pakistan. 

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Take Back the Tech! campaign wins ITU award for gender equality in technology Sticky

Oct
30
Islamabad, October 30, 2014: Take Back The Tech! A collaborative campaign pioneered by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) in 2006 has been honoured and won the ITU Award for gender equality in technology on October 28, 2014. 
 
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UN encourages community responses to online hatred in new report - APC and Bytes for All, leaders in promoting access and safe online spaces Sticky

Jun
27

Geneva, June 26, 2014: A new UN report discussed in Geneva on 25 June 2014, cites the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Bytes for All, Pakistan as leaders in working to protect freedom of expression online, strengthen the digital security of human rights defenders and end gender-based violence online.

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Press Release: Bytes For All launches Hate Speech: A study of Pakistan’s cyberspace Sticky

Jun
07
Karachi, June 07, 2014: The uncontrolled spread of hate speech on the Internet and social media is reaching dangerous levels, threatening society on many levels. The first detailed research into online hate speech in the Pakistan context – “Hate speech: A study of Pakistan’s cyberspace” – was launched today at Avari Towers, in Karachi. 
 
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Hate Speech: A study of Pakistan’s Cyberspace Sticky

Jun
07

Karachi, June 07, 2014: We are very pleased to share with you the Hate Speech: A Study of Pakistan's Cyberspace. We have undertaken this study as a natural extension of the regional dialogue on freedom of expression for civil liberties organized by us in Bangkok in November 2013. The dialogue was held under the stewardship of Mr. Frank La Rue, UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression.

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Update: 20th Hearing of Internet Freedom Case: Petitioner referred to Supreme Court Sticky

May
13

Islamabad, May 13, 2014: The 20th hearing of the Internet Freedom Case (aka Youtube Case) was held at the Lahore High Court today. The court was presented with a document of consensus reached by several different stakeholders including petitioner, the MoIT, the PTA and technical experts from the IT and Telecom industries. This consensus was developed at a high level meeting chaired by Federal Minister of IT on April 30, 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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Update: 19th Hearing of Internet Freedom Case – morality, national security and law & order takes center stage Sticky

Mar
13
Lahore, Thursday, March 13, 2014:  The 19th hearing of the Bytes for All vs. The Federation of Pakistan Net Freedom case was held today in a very crowded court room with a large number of lawyers, media professionals and concerned citizens present in court. This is a petition in Lahore High Court, currently being followed by global digital rights movement for its possible impact and implications on freedom of expression, speech, assembly & the right to access information, not only in Pakistan but also in the larger Muslim world. 
 
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Pakistan: Say No to Legalised Underage Marriage Sticky

Mar
12
Islamabad, March 12, 2014: Bytes For All, Pakistan, strongly condemns the Council of Islamic Ideology's (CII) recommendation for the abolition of laws against underage marriage in the country, and backs the call of parliamentarians to reconstitute the CII.
 
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Update: 17th Hearing of Internet Freedom Case – Federal Minister for IT summoned again! Sticky

Feb
25
Lahore, Tuesday, February 25, 2014:  The 17th hearing of the Bytes for All vs. The Federation of Pakistan, commonly known as the YouTube case, was held at Lahore High Court today, on February 25, 2014. In October 2013, after 16 hearings, this case was referred to a larger bench for further hearings and decision. Today’s hearing, held nearly four months after the previous one, was the first before a divisional bench.
 
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