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British Pakistani Christians Protest against Blasphemy Law

ICC Note

Pakistan’s blasphemy law is used by radicals to stir violence against Christians and other religious minorities.  Pakistan must repeal the law to reduce the violence against religious minorities.

By Amy Shank
07/04/2011 UK (Christian Today)-The Pakistani Christian community in Britain has led a protest against Pakistan’s blasphemy laws.
The blasphemy laws have been blamed for much of the persecution against Christians in Pakistan and for increasing inter-religious tensions.
Human rights groups say that the blasphemy laws are frequently misused by extremists to level false charges against Christians in order to settle personal scores or seize property or businesses from them.
It was organised by the British Pakistani Christian Association and was held to coincide with the one year anniversary of the arrest of Rashid and Sajid Emmanuel, two pastors shot dead outside a court in Faisalabad after being acquitted of blasphemy.

Petitions urging pressure on Pakistan to revise its harsh blasphemy laws were handed over at both addresses.

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