European Union, European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)

The European Commission, through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), provides assistance to the development and consolidation of democracy, the rule of law and the respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Work supported:

  • Challenging hate narratives and violations of freedom of religion and expression online in Asia (2018-2021)

  • Networking for freedom online and offline: Protecting freedom of information, expression and association on the internet in India, Malaysia and Pakistan (2014-2017)

Link: https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/how/finance/eidhr_en.htm_en

Contest: The power of images to challenge religion-based hate speech online
Contest: The power of images to challenge religion-based hate speech online 16 April 2019

If you are a designer, an artist, an illustrator or passionate about freedom of expression, internet rights and the power of tech, we invite you to take part in this contest! Deadline is on 30 May 2019.

Challenging hate narratives and violations of freedom of religion and expression online in Asia
Challenging hate narratives and violations of freedom of religion and expression online in Asia 18 December 2018

This project seeks to protect and promote respect for freedom of religion and expression on the internet, particularly by countering hate speech online on the basis of religion, and generating narratives and discourse that defend secular and diverse opinions touching upon religion. The three-year project focuses on five countries in South and Southeast Asia: Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar and Pakistan. 

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

Internet Landscape of Pakistan is an indigenous effort to regularly monitor and document the ongoing trends and challenges that impact digital and human rights in the country. This is the third edition in the series.

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

This report is an overview of the state of privacy in Pakistan from 2012 to 2017.

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

This is a joint submission covering internet rights and governance, freedom of opinion and expression, right to information, freedom of religion or belief, freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, right to privacy and gender rights in Pakistan.

Privacy in India in the age of big data
Privacy in India in the age of big data 16 November 2017 Buddhadeb Halder

This research paper describes the importance of privacy and the technologies that put citizens’ data at risk, and identifies ways to protect citizens’ online data in India.

Electronic data protection in Pakistan
Electronic data protection in Pakistan 15 November 2017 Umer Gilani, Haroon Baloch, Shaheera Jalil Albasit and Furhan Hussain

This paper explores the data protection aspect of the existing state of privacy in Pakistan in order to strike a debate about its urgency and need.

“Let the mob do the job”: How proponents of hatred are threatening freedom of expression and religion online in Asia
“Let the mob do the job”: How proponents of hatred are threatening freedom of expression and religion online in Asia 29 September 2017 Gayathry Venkiteswaran

This report looks at freedom of expression and religion practices online in Bangladesh, India, Malaysia and Pakistan. Why freedom of expression and religion online and not hate speech online?

Trends in religion-based hate speech
Trends in religion-based hate speech 26 September 2017 Bijo P. Abraham

This research paper highlights the trends in religion-based hate speech in relation with the right to free speech in the online space in India.

Shrinking spaces: Status of freedom of association and assembly in India
Shrinking spaces: Status of freedom of association and assembly in India 12 September 2017 Ritu Srivastava

This report explores and analyses India’s positions on various freedoms and  governance mechanisms to understand how they affect the rights to freedom of association and assembly online.

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