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Islamic extremists threaten life of Catholic minister leading the fight against blasphemy law
Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti confirms he was the subject of intimidations. He says however that he is ready “for any kind of sacrifice for his people”. All he wants is justice for the victims of Gojra and compensation for survivors. The National Commission for Justice and Peace continues its action to repeal the country’s blasphemy laws.
New cases of violence and torture against Pakistani Christians
Instead of investigating, local authorities engage in cover-ups. In some cases, international organisations ignore the plight of Christians.
Lahore Archbishop condemns the umpteenth arrest of a Christian for blasphemy
Younis Masih was imprisoned on Sunday, accused of offending Mohammed in some traditional songs. Mgr Saldanha: these episodes stand in the way of endeavours towards inter-religious dialogue
Changes to Blasphemy Law fall short of expectations
For Christians, the law must be rejected. Human rights activists are dissatisfied with Hudood ordinances.
Faisalabad, a Christian tortured and detained on false charges of blasphemy
He is accused of having burned pages of the Koran. Charges invented by Muslims in the area, envious of the successful business done by the shop owned by the couple. Director of the Commission for Interreligious Dialogue warns of a "wave of anti-Christian extremism" in the country.
11/11/2009 PAKISTAN – UNITED NATIONS
Pakistan’s anti-blasphemy campaign at the UN minorities forum
The second UN Forum on Minorities Issues opens Tomorrow in Geneva. It will focus on minority participation in politics. The NCJP delegation will submit a proposal to fight extremism in Pakistan and strengthen minority representation.
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