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Expression Restricted: An Account of Online Expression in Pakistan

By Bytes for All, Pakistan (June 2015, APC )

Freedom of expression is a universally accepted human right. As a signatory of the ICCPR, Pakistan has committed to uphold this right in the national constitution and through local laws. This report looks at how this right is framed in the legal structure in Pakistan and how it is practised, particularly in the digital spaces, by customising the APC-La Rue Framework.

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#FreeAlaa

27 October 2015 (APC for APCNews)

27 October marks one year since Egyptian blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah was last arrested for his peaceful activism, and he has remained detained since then. We are all gathering around one hashtag – #FreeAlaa – to call for his release and the release of all those unjustly detained in Egypt.

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Syria: Disclose Advocate’s Whereabouts. Release Bassel Khartabil, Held Unfairly Since 2012

9 October 2015 (APCNews)

Syria’s authorities should immediately reveal the whereabouts of Bassel Khartabil, a software developer and defender of freedom of expression, 31 organizations said today.

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Syria: Disclose Advocate’s Whereabouts. Release Bassel Khartabil, Held Unfairly Since 2012

(October 2015, APC )

Syria’s authorities should immediately reveal the whereabouts of Bassel Khartabil, a software developer and defender of freedom of expression, 31 organizations said today.

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Joint statement on Egypt: Presidential pardon frees some women human rights defenders, while others are still detained

2 October 2015 (Nazra for Feminist Studies)

The delay in the release of both Ms. Salwa Mihriz and Ms. Nahed Sherif is quite atrocious, especially that Ms. Mihriz’s release is halted by the fact that her name is not written correctly in the pardon decision. As for Ms. Mahienour El-Massry, it is feared that her exclusion from the concerned pardon is a result of her being targeted for her well-known and prominent human rights activism.

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#AtTheEdge: Human rights organisations call on Malaysian government to protect freedom of expression and right to protest

28 August 2015 (APCNews)

APC and other human rights organisations join together to urge the Malaysian government respect its own commitment to internet freedom by facilitating freedom of expression during this weekend’s upcoming Bersih 4.0 protests. Read our statement to the Prime Minister.

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Malaysian government must respect freedom of expression during Bersih 4.0 protests

By Access, Article 19, APC, HRW (August 2015, APC )
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Bangladesh: Government must ensure freedom of expression online, prevent arbitrary killings

19 August 2015 (APC for APCNews)

APC and Bytes for All, Pakistan strongly condemn the murder of Bangladeshi blogger Niloy Neel. We grieve over this senseless act of violence together with Niloy’s family and friends, and extend unconditional solidarity and our deepest condolences to the victims of crimes of intolerance towards free expression.

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Malaysia: Proposal to require registration of online news portals would contribute to crackdown on free expression

19 August 2015 (APC for APCNews)

APC and EMPOWER denounce the proposed reforms in Malaysia, as they will contribute to the crackdown on free expression in Malaysia.

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Foundation for Media Alternatives: A Philippine Multistakeholder Forum on Internet Governance

Philippines

Since early 2015, the Local Action to Secure Internet Rights (LASIR) project has focused on empowering national and local actors in their defence of human rights on the internet, in countries as diverse as South Korea, Brazil, the Philippines, India, Jordan, Uganda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bangladesh, Kenya and Tunis

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