Pakistan

Groundbreaking report on the shrinking spaces for online freedom of assembly and association in Pakistan
Groundbreaking report on the shrinking spaces for online freedom of assembly and association in Pakistan 11 January 2017

Bytes for All, Pakistan has launched a new report that focuses on local and international advocacy initiatives to improve Pakistan’s compliance with international human rights law and practices in relation to freedom of assembly and of association online.

Shrinking Spaces: Online Freedom of Assembly and of Association in Pakistan
Shrinking Spaces: Online Freedom of Assembly and of Association in Pakistan 11 January 2017

This report on the state of freedom of peaceful assembly and association online in Pakistan forms part of the baseline research conducted for the APC-IMPACT project, which aims to address restrictions on the internet by promoting and protecting internet rights in India, Malaysia and Pakistan.  

Pakistan's human rights record under scrutiny at the Human Rights Committee
Pakistan's human rights record under scrutiny at the Human Rights Committee 01 September 2016

The manner in which the government of Pakistan orchestrated the forceful enactment of the controversial Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA) 2016 is demonstrative of its blatant disregard for human rights and due process.

Suggestions for internet-related human rights questions to be included in the list of issues on Pakistan, Human Rights Committee 120th session, June-July 2017
Suggestions for internet-related human rights questions to be included in the list of issues on Pakistan, Human Rights Committee 120th session, June-July 2017 30 August 2016

This joint submission encourages the Committee to seek information from the government of Pakistan concerning the exercise of human rights online.

In spite of continued objections over serious human rights implications, Pakistan’s new cyber crime bill passes through: Joint statement by Media Matters for Democracy, Bytes for All, Pakistan and APC
In spite of continued objections over serious human rights implications, Pakistan’s new cyber crime bill passes through: Joint statement by Media Matters for Democracy, Bytes for All, Pakistan and APC 12 August 2016

Pakistan’s controversial cyber crime bill is poised to become a law after the National Assembly passed it today. Media Matters for Democracy, Bytes for All, Pakistan and APC remain extremely concerned over the failure of legislators to ensure that the law fulfils basic human rights standards.

Written submission to the Human Rights Councils' 32nd session: State of internet rights in India, Malaysia and Pakistan
Written submission to the Human Rights Councils' 32nd session: State of internet rights in India, Malaysia and Pakistan 16 June 2016

In India, Malaysia and Pakistan, many of the restrictions imposed on freedom of expression, assembly and association and on the right to privacy are being extended and sometimes heightened in online spaces.

Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2016, yet another story of deception from democracy
Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2016, yet another story of deception from democracy 15 April 2016

Bytes for All, Pakistan, Media Matters for Democracy and the Association for Progressive Communications express their grave concerns over the recent development regarding the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill in the national assembly and reject the bill in its current shape.

Freedom of assembly and association online in India, Malaysia and Pakistan: Trends, challenges and recommendations
Freedom of assembly and association online in India, Malaysia and Pakistan: Trends, challenges and recommendations 31 March 2016

This paper, produced as part of the APC project Advocacy for Change through Technology in India, Malaysia and Pakistan (APC-IMPACT), draws upon the work previously done by APC in providing guidance to the interpretation of the rights to freedom of association and assembly in the digital age.    

At the Internet Freedom Festival: "Political expression, minorities, human rights defenders are under threat in Pakistan"
At the Internet Freedom Festival: "Political expression, minorities, human rights defenders are under threat in Pakistan" 09 March 2016

“Political expression, minorities, human rights defenders, journalists are under threat in Pakistan.” This was the message stressed at the beginning of a session organised by Bytes for All, Pakistan, on the state of surveillance and censorship in the country, at the Internet Freedom Festival in Valencia, Spain.