A coalition of human rights advocates and organizations in Pakistan is demanding an end to that nation’s barbaric laws against blasphemy, which have been used to imprison and even kill those who dare to offend the delicate religious sensibilities of Muslims.
Violence against vulnerable groups must be stopped for social harmony and peaceful coexistence, said human rights’ activists at a seminar organised by the Association of Women for Awareness and Motivation (AWAM) here at the Unity Hall on Thursday.The meeting was arranged to establish a network of human rights’ defenders for preventing violations against rights to expression, association, assembly and thought as well as to warn the minority groups about attacks against them.
Speaking on the occasion, AWAM Executive Secretary Naseem Anthony said human rights’ defenders should act as arbitrators.
He said activists should get together to resolve conflicts peacefully before they escalate.
Christina Peter, a social activist, said, “The religious minorities across the country receive threats whenever there is an allegation whether true or false, about the defamation of religion against any person belonging to a minority group.”
This will not be easy. The last relatively high-ranking public official who even suggested such a thing was killed by reactionary Muslims.