Pakistan

Privacy rights violations challenged in Lahore High Court

May
08

Islamabad, May 8, 2013: Bytes for All (B4A), Pakistan had been following up on “FinFisher” for almost last one year with grave concern for its implications on citizens’ privacy and larger human rights in the country. B4A had some evidence of its presence in the country but not enough to share publicly.

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Rays of Hope – Updates on our Petition in the Lahore High Court, Pakistan

Mar
26

Islamabad, Wednesday March 27, 2013:  Bytes for All, Pakistan continuing its anti-censorship “Access Is My Right” Campaign, building citizens’ alliance against internet censorship, filtering, surveillance and advocacy for freedom of expression is seeing light at the end of Tunnel. Taking the legal route, B4A lodged a writ petition in Lahore High Court in January 2012, and we are happy to share that there has been positive outcomes.

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Letter of Allegation to UN Human Rights Council: Freedom of Expression in Pakistan

Mar
13

Islamabad, March 14, 2013: Bytes for All, Pakistan and The Media Legal Defence Initiative, UK have submitted a Letter of Allegation to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, calling for an end to the blocking of websites by the Pakistani government.

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Review Report: Freedom of Expression and Net Freedom in the Manifestos of Political Parties in Pakistan

Feb
06

Islamabad, February 06, 2013: We are very pleased to share the first version of a Review Report 'Freedom of Expression and Net Freedom in the Manifestos of Political Parties in Pakistan', a document reviewing several manifestos of mainstream political parties in Pakistan for their stance on the issue.

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Statement of Solidarity on Freedom of Expression and Safety of Internet Users in Bangladesh

Jan
14

Dhaka, January 15, 2013: This is a statement by the participants of the Third South Asian Meeting on the Internet and Freedom of Expression that took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on January 14–15, 2013, following a violent attack on blogger Asif Mohiuddin. Bytes for All, Pakistan attended this meeting in Dhaka. 

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Youtube not at the cost of widespread systematic censorship

Jan
06

Islamabad, January 06, 2013: Over a hundred days have passed since YouTube was hastily banned in Pakistan by the state authorities over a video allegedly insulting Islam. While the video remains, Youtube is now inaccessible for all the citizens including small and large businesses, civil society organizations, educational and research institutions.

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Chadar Aur Char Diwari: Virtual Edition

Dec
08

Islamabad, December 8, 2012: Online abuse meted out to women, while exposing Pakistani patriarchy and its mindless violence, serves to reinforce the traditional chadar aur chaar diwari mantra. It is time for women to take charge of spaces they live in, both physical and virtual.

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She's begging to be raped – Twitterverse for Feminists in Pakistan! | Take Back The Tech!

Dec
03

Islamabad, December 03, 2012: ‘She's begging to be raped.’ That's the response that many feminists in Pakistan get online from Pakistani men seeking to shut them up. This is a response from Pakistani men to women merely tweeting about issues related to sexualised violence.

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From Perverts to Peers | Take Back The Tech 16 days x 16 stories

Dec
01

Islamabad, December 1, 2012: I was 13 when I was molested by my uncle. He was a doctor. That was the last time I complained of any sickness to my parents.

I was 22 when I went on my first internship at a foreign bank in Karachi. My first work experience in the corporate world was of a pervert boss who would pass sexual remarks at me in front of the entire floor. He did get some giggles.

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Harassed Online and Nowhere to Go! - Take Back the Tech! 16 days x 16 stories

Nov
25

Islamabad, 25 November 2012: *Farzana was checking her Facebook, as usual, from the school’s computer lab and noticed she had a friend request from one of her female colleagues, *Daniya Habib. She accepted the request and went on to check out her friend’s profile. A few moments later, she hurriedly ran off to find Daniya.

Daniya’s profile contained embarrassing fictitious information about her private life, intimate pictures of her with her husband and a number of other fictitious details alleging her of not good character.

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