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ICC Note: The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) has submitted a plea to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to save and protect Christians in Pakistan. The plea claims that Christians in Pakistan are specifically targeted for persecution because of their religious identity. Persecution faced by Pakistani Christians can range from social discrimination to outright murder by Pakistan’s terrorist groups.

05/23/2018 Pakistan (New Kerala) – A legal submission has been made to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to save and protect Pakistani Christians from persecution.

The submission has been made by the Washington-based American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), a Christian-based social activism and watchdog for corruption.

In its submission placed before the UNHRC, the ACLJ claimed that, “The Islamic Republic of Pakistan continues to violate the human rights of its religious minorities. Instances of mob violence; police torture; false accusations of blasphemy; rape, murder, and other forms of violence occur on a regular basis. Authorities in Pakistan have shown a continuous inability or unwillingness to protect its minorities from human rights abuses. These aren’t isolated incidents. Christians are being specifically targeted.”

It further said in a statement, which appears on its web site aclj.org, that, “Pakistani Christians are (being) terrorized, tortured, murdered – even sentenced to death – simply because of their faith. The Pakistani government seems unable or unwilling to protect its Christian citizens. We are asking the world’s leaders to take urgent action.”

It said that churches in Pakistan were being repeatedly attacked and damaged by Islamic-centric mobs, and Christian neighborhoods were also being attacked.

The Pakistani government, it claimed, continues to turn a blind eye, so much so that, “Christians can’t even count on the local authorities to protect them.”

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