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Blasphemy law: death threats against teenage girl forces family to flee
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
Collusion between police and extremists cause of deaths in judicial custody, Pakistani NGO says
A human rights group expresses concern over “increasing incidents of violence” against religious minorities. Fanatics enjoy impunity thanks to complicitous prison guards. The government is blamed for not prosecuting people responsible for such crimes. Police has not yet registered a first information report on the murder of a 20-year-old Christian man in Sialkot prison.
Some 20 million Christians to mark ‘black day’ against persecution in Pakistan
Activists, minority lawmakers and religious leaders are united in peaceful protest against the country’s blasphemy laws. This is their response to fundamentalist attacks and their way to get the Pakistan government to repeal the laws. Amnesty International backs the fight for minority rights in Pakistan.
Two Christians accused of blasphemy released
The Supreme Court found the men innocent after they spent seven years in prison. AsiaNews interviewed the wife of one of them: the story of the umpteenth victim of this unjust law features years of threats by Islamic fundamentalists, support from the John Joseph Foundation, and fear even after release.
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