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Internet landscape of Pakistan 2017
Internet landscape of Pakistan 2017 06 December 2017 Umer Ali and Harris Bin Munawar

With the introduction of 3G and 4G technology in the last couple of years, access to the internet has become easier and Pakistan has seen a drastic increase in internet users over the past year. Pakistan currently stands 11th globally in terms of cellular subscribers. As of September 2017, cellular subscribers were around 140.76 million, which according to Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) stood at 70.25%. However, internet dispersion is still low when compared to the world and the Asian ...

Privacy rights under the lens: Stakeholders' joint submission for Pakistan's review under the third cycle of UPR 2017
Privacy rights under the lens: Stakeholders' joint submission for Pakistan's review under the third cycle of UPR 2017 26 November 2017 Bytes for All, Pakistan, Media Matters for Democracy, Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (EVAWG) Alliance, Association for Progressive Communications, Vision Pakistan, Neengar Society

The right to privacy plays a critical role as an enabling right for the exercise and enjoyment of other rights, as well as for the free development of an individual’s personality and identity. It also protects and enhances an individual’s ability to participate in political, economic, social and cultural life. It is to be noted with concern that any violations or abuses of the right to privacy might affect the enjoyment of other human rights, including the right to freedom of expression a...

Human rights review: An account of online and offline shrinking spaces in Pakistan
Human rights review: An account of online and offline shrinking spaces in Pakistan 20 November 2017 Bytes for All, Pakistan, Association for Progressive Communications and Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development

The submission was prepared after consultations and closed group meetings with civil society organisations (CSOs), media and academia in Pakistan. Around 30 individuals from these stakeholder groups attended the meetings. An extensive monitoring and desk review was also part of the methodology. The status of accepted recommendations by the state during the first and second cycles of the UPR was...

Promotion of the right to freedom of expression in Asia: Regional consultation
Promotion of the right to freedom of expression in Asia: Regional consultation 28 September 2017

Freedom of assembly, association, expression and religion are interconnected rights that people are increasingly using the internet to exercise. Within this context, backlash has come in the form of restrictions placed on these fundamental freedoms by States and outright attacks by non state actors. In Asia, evidence of these trends is seen through examples such as the introduction of new legis...

Pakistan: Religious intolerance and impunity nurture killing field
Pakistan: Religious intolerance and impunity nurture killing field 19 April 2017

Islamabad, April 2017 Bytes for All, Pakistan (B4A), the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemn the gruesome killing of 23-year-old Mashal Khan by a vigilante mob at Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan for purported blasphemy. The horrific incident is yet another case in which the state ...

Desecrating Expression: An account of freedom of expression and religion in Asia
Desecrating Expression: An account of freedom of expression and religion in Asia 15 December 2016 Gayatri Khandhadai

Desecrating Expression: An account of freedom of expression and religion in Asia builds on the global discussion around the intersection between the right to freedom of expression and the right to freedom of religion. The study focuses on nine countries in Asia – Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam – which each have seen a significant n...

Advocacy for Change through Technology in India, Malaysia and Pakistan
Advocacy for Change through Technology in India, Malaysia and Pakistan 23 October 2016

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) has teamed up with members and partners in India, Pakistan and Malaysia to protect and promote human rights on the internet. Our partners Advocacy for Change through Technology in India, Malaysia and Pakistan, abbreviated as APC-IMPACT, is a joint initiative between Digital Empowerment Foundation (India), EMPOWER (Malaysia) and Bytes for All,...

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