HRC35 Side Event: Freedom of Expression in South Asia
13 June 2017 6:34 pm

Date: Wednesday, 14 June 2017 Time: 11:00-12:00 Venue: Room XXVII, Palais des Nations, Geneva Freedom of expression continues to be under threat in South Asia. Restrictive legislation, criminal defamation, abduction, digital surveillance, killings and threats from rising extremism are some of the trends that plagued have freedom of expression in South Asia. The side event will [ Read more ]

From our Member, Bytes for All, Pakistan – Concerns Come True as State Criminalises Pre-Election Political Dissent
25 May 2017 10:35 am

Islamabad, May 25, 2017: It has been less than a year since the controversial Pakistan Electronic Crime Act (PECA) was passed by the Parliament. However, the concerns of misuse of this partially unconstitutional act are fast becoming true with criminalisation of political dissent and other forms of free speech (which should not be confused with [ Read more ]

From our Member HRCP, Pakistan – Arbitrary Curbs on Expression Ruinous for Democracy and Society
19 May 2017 4:07 pm

Lahore, 19 May: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has voiced serious alarm over arbitrary curbs on freedom of expression, a climate of intimidation and the authorities’ stated intent to act against any perceived slight to the armed forces through the social media. In a statement issued on Friday, the Commission said: “HRCP notes with [ Read more ]

Government of Pakistan must protect National Commission for Human Rights
15 May 2017 2:45 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu/Islamabad, 15 May 2017) – Bytes for All, Pakistan (B4A), the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), the Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI), and other undersigned organisations express deep concern and condemn an incident during a parliamentary committee meeting, which undermines the independence of the National Commission for Human [ Read more ]

From our Member HRCP, Pakistan – HRCP lauds removal of 47 names from ATA’s 4th schedule in GB
11 May 2017 3:27 pm

Lahore, 11 May 2017 :The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has welcomed the removal of 47 individuals’ names from a list under 4th Schedule of the Anti-Terrorism Act in Gilgit-Baltistan, and called for a fair hearing for those remaining on the list. In a statement issued on Thursday, the Commission said: “HRCP welcomes as [ Read more ]

From our Member Bytes for All, Pakistan – Opinion Piece on Silencing Dissent
12:17 pm

‘Far from the standard of holding someone innocent until proven guilty, those accused of blasphemy in Pakistan are usually not even given a fair chance to prove their innocence as they become victims of mob justice or street violence. For some time now, I have been restricting my speech — which may otherwise be perfectly [ Read more ]

From our Member Bytes for All, Pakistan – World Press Freedom Day 2017 Marks a New Low for Free Speech in Asia
3 May 2017 11:45 am

Islamabad, May 03, 2017: On this World Press Freedom Day, the world stands at its lowest state of press freedom in 13 years. In particular, the state of press freedoms in Asia is increasingly becoming enveloped in a climate of fear, with blatant violations of fundamental rights and authoritarian controls taking over the journalistic missions [ Read more ]

Joint Statement: Religious intolerance & impunity nurture killing field in Pakistan
18 April 2017 6:21 pm

(Bangkok/Islamabad, 18 April 2017) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Bytes for All, Pakistan (B4A) and Association for Progressive Communications (APC) 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[1]. The horrific incident is yet another case [ Read more ]

From Our Member NCJP, Pakistan – Press Release: Condolence on Suicide Bombing at the Shrine of Sufi Saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan Sharif
21 February 2017 1:34 pm

The National Commission for Justice and Peace, a rights based organization of Pakistan Catholic Bishops’ Conference, strongly condemned the horrific incident of bombing at the Shrine of Sufi Saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan Sharif. As per the reports up to 88 devotees were slain in the attack but the death toll is increasing by [ Read more ]

From Our Member NCJP, Pakistan – Press Release: Condemn the Bombing in Lahore, Chairing Cross and Quetta, Saryab Bridge
15 February 2017 1:13 pm

The metropolitan and provincial capitals of Pakistan i.e., Lahore and Quetta once again were brutally attacked by the extremist forces. The claim of suicide attack in Lahore killing 13 and injuring 53 was taken by Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan Jamaatul Ahrar. This banned group has warned the government of their new campaign against the government departments across [ Read more ]