Pakistani Human Rights Groups Want End to Blasphemy Laws

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.

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  • colnago80

    Oh how the Christofascists in the US would like to have such a law here.

  • Sastra

    Best of luck to them. Every one of them is a hero.

  • haitied

    How courageous. They risk quite a lot in speaking out, I hope they are well and remain so. This challenge needs to happen to make any progress against religious totalitarianism, though I doubt I’d ever recommend anyone do it.

  • annabright

    my neighbor’s sister-in-law makes ($)85/hr on the computer. She has been out of work for six months but last month her check was ($)19184 just working on the computer for a few hours. Here’s the site to read more… C­A­ℕ­9­9.C­O­M

  • dingojack

    (WARNING: Yes I posted this on the other thread this not too bright spambot bombed).

    Anna – I’m assuming your handle is supposed to be ironic, right?

    $19184 per month is (pro rata) $230208 p.a.

    At $85 per hour that’s 2708.3294 hrs per year or 7 hours, 24 minutes and 54 seconds per day.

    (Allowing yourself 2 days off a week that would be 10 hrs, 22 mins & 52 secs per day).

    “…a few hours a day… “? I think not.

    Maths h0w doeZ it Work?!?

    Dingo

  • criticaldragon1177

    Ed Brayton

    Hopefully they will succeed in getting rid of the blasphemy laws. They’re stupid and barbaric and a disgrace to human rights.