human rights

Joint written statement to the UN Human Rights Council on the impact of religion on freedom of expression and women's rights online
Joint written statement to the UN Human Rights Council on the impact of religion on freedom of expression and women's rights online 17 February 2016 APC and Byes for All, Pakistan

APC and Bytes for All, Pakistan welcome the report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, which rejects the conflict between freedom of expression and freedom of religion and instead highlights their positive interrelatedness and mutual reinforcement.    

Violations of freedom of expression in the name of religion increasingly taking place online, impacting women and sexual minorities
Violations of freedom of expression in the name of religion increasingly taking place online, impacting women and sexual minorities 17 February 2016 APC and Bytes for All, Pakistan

Violations of freedom of expression in the name of religion, are increasingly taking place online, and disproportionally impact women and sexual minorities.    

Joint statement on initiatives to "counter and prevent violent extremism”
Joint statement on initiatives to "counter and prevent violent extremism” 08 February 2016 Various

This joint written submission raises serious concerns regarding the potential impact of initiatives to counter and “prevent violent extremism” on the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Pakistan: Call for clarity on terms of lifting of YouTube ban
Pakistan: Call for clarity on terms of lifting of YouTube ban 25 January 2016

Bytes for All, Pakistan and APC demand clarity from the government of Pakistan and Google regarding the terms agreed on.

Call for clarity on terms of lifting of YouTube ban in Pakistan
Call for clarity on terms of lifting of YouTube ban in Pakistan 25 January 2016 Bytes for All Pakistan and APC

A recent statement issued by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) claimed that Google has “promised” to remove any material deemed offensive by the PTA from YouTube.

Letter to Member States of the United Nations General Assembly: Vote in favour of Human Rights Defenders resolution in General Assembly plenary
Letter to Member States of the United Nations General Assembly: Vote in favour of Human Rights Defenders resolution in General Assembly plenary 12 December 2015

A group of human rights defenders and civil society organizations located across the world working at national, regional and international levels seek clear support for the resolution entitled ”Human Rights Defenders in the context of the Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and...

We urge the National Assembly of Pakistan to vote against the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill
We urge the National Assembly of Pakistan to vote against the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 30 November 2015

At APC, we remain concerned about the proposed Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill in Pakistan which poses grave risks to freedom of expression, the right to privacy, and access to information in the country.    

International call on Moroccan authorities to drop charges against human rights defenders
International call on Moroccan authorities to drop charges against human rights defenders 17 November 2015

We, international human rights, peace and freedom of expression organizations, are gravely concerned about the harassment and prosecution of seven human rights defenders and journalists in Morocco.

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