The Adverse Impact of Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan


Event type: Conference
Date: Monday 27 January 2020
Location: Human Rights Action Centre, Amnesty International UK,
25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA
Time: 18:00 – 21:00
Price: Free
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Persecution of religious minorities

Amnesty International has been working to raise awareness of the persecution of religious minorities in Pakistan for the past two years.

The members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Pakistan face terrible violence and persecution – not only from their fellow citizens, but also from the authorities. Discrimination against them is even written into the laws and constitution of the country.

The role of Amnesty

A resolution was passed at the UK AGM in 2017 that Amnesty raise awareness of their persecution. Work on the resolution has now reached a point where many avenues have been explored, and we need to be considering what the next steps might be.

In partnership with the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, we have arranged a conference to review what has been done and what might happen in the future to maintain awareness of this issue.

The purpose of this conference

The conference is an opportunity to review the dire situation facing Ahmadiyya Muslims and other minorities in Pakistan and conclude the work done on the resolution passed at the Amnesty AGM.

It will particularly focus on the laws perpetuating an environment of hate and extremism and the risk of inciting further persecution by government and society if the issues are raised too directly.

Next steps necessary to raise further awareness of the issue amongst parliamentarians, policymakers and NGOs here in the UK, will also be discussed.

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