April 14, 2016 - Comments Off on The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015 Conundrum – Major Documents
Though many do not yet realise it, April 13 was a dark day in the history of digital rights for the people of Pakistan. The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill (PECB) 2015 was passed by the National Assembly despite a lack of quorum. The processes through which the bill was created lacked representation of key stakeholders. In its current form the Bill is set to serve the interests of those who rule, instead of serving the interests of the common Pakistan.
The following documents contain important information about the Bill:
Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rahman's statement on the objects and reasons behind PECB2015. While the statement highlights the many reasons that new legislation is needed, it fails to address the many shortcomings of the present bill.
These are the amendments that were entered into the PECB as drafted on February 16, 2016. What stands out is that the amendments on display have all been pushed forward by Ms. Anusha Rahman, Pakistan's IT Minister.
Published by: Digital Rights Foundation in Blog