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Pakistani lawyers’ group behind spike in blasphemy cases

A little-known alliance of hundreds of lawyers in Pakistan is behind the rise in prosecutions for blasphemy, a crime punishable by death that goes to the heart of an ideological clash between reformers and religious conservatives.

Confronting intolerance in Pakistan, A game of dare

PEOPLE from many walks of life poured onto the streets of Rawalpindi near Islambad, Pakistan’s capital, on March 1st to honour a convicted murderer. [...]

Ahmadis target of religious expediency once again

A new wave of attacks on religious minority groups has gripped the country after the execution of Mumtaz Qadri, the killer of Punjab’s former governor, for alleged blasphemy. Qadri was executed on February 29, and countrywide protests began simultaneously. [...]

Freedom of Religion or Belief in Pakistan and UK Government Policy

The APPG for International Freedom of Religion or Belief subsequently launched an inquiry into the treatment of different religious communities in Pakistan and the adequacy of current UK Government policy regarding these communities. [...]

Rights Watchdog Amnesty International: Human Rights No Better Under Joko

President Joko Widodo has given no better era for human rights despite the commitments he made during the 2014 presidential campaign, human rights watchdog Amnesty International said in the 2015 annual report. [...]

From Egypt to Indonesia, all Islamic nations must learn from Pakistan’s mistakes

When Pakistan was founded in 1947, its secular founding fathers did not speak of an Islamic state. Muhammad Ali Jinnah, recognized as Pakistan’s Quaid-e-Azam (Great Leader), clearly declared that non-Muslims would be equal citizens in the new country. Reflecting [...]

KYRGYZSTAN: Freedom of religion or belief without state permission = murder?

After the December 2015 murder in Kyrgyzstan of Ahmadi Muslim Yunusjan Abdujalilov, an independent human rights defender has noted this month (February 2016) to Forum 18 News Service that "the authorities turn a blind eye to hate speeches on [...]

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