Pakistan

GCHQ-NSA Intelligence Sharing Unlawful, says UK Surveillance Tribunal Sticky

Feb
06

London, February 06, 2015: British intelligence services acted unlawfully in accessing millions of people’s personal communications collected by the NSA, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal ruled today. The decision marks the first time that the Tribunal, the only UK court empowered to oversee GHCQ, MI5 and MI6, has ever ruled against the intelligence and security services in its 15 year history.

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Proposed media regulations are draconian: State propaganda and censorship not an answer to governance failures Sticky

Dec
30

Islamabad, December 30, 2014: Bytes For All is alarmed by the recommendations made by Pakistani parliamentary body that seeks to impose McCarthyism-style regulations on the media and Internet, in reaction to the December 16 Peshawar school attack.

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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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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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