Pakistan Wants to Prevent ‘Misuse’ of Blasphemy Laws

Pakistan Wants to Prevent ‘Misuse’ of Blasphemy Laws April 19, 2015

The president of Pakistan met with a delegation from the German parliament recently to talk about increasing trade and investment from that country and tried to whitewash that country’s horrifying record of human rights abuses in punishing “blasphemy.”

President Mamnoon Hussain has said that the government is taking effective measures to prevent misuse of blasphemy law.

The president stated that the blasphemy law in Pakistan applies to both Muslims and non-Muslims alike, adding that the law is non-discriminatory in this regard…

The President stated that the Constitution of Pakistan guarantees fundamental rights for all citizens irrespective of religion, race, caste, colour, creed or gender.

The president said that the government has established the National Commission on Human Rights emphasizing that an independent judiciary, free media and a vibrant civil society provide additional safeguards for the protection of human rights.

You’ll pardon me if I don’t take this bullshit seriously. The problem is not “misuse” of blasphemy laws, it’s use of blasphemy laws, full stop. You cannot put people to death for insulting your religion and in the same breath claim to respect human rights. There is no ambiguity on this whatsoever.

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