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ICC Note: Pakistani Christians living in Europe protested in front of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva for their fellow brothers and sisters being persecuted in Pakistan. Christians living in Pakistan are being denied human rights, being persecuted socially and economically. Similarly, they demanded justice for those in Pakistan imprisoned for blasphemy laws.

 10/05/2018 Pakistan (Christians in Pakistan) –  Pakistani Christians living in United Kingdom and other countries of Europe staged a protest in front of Palais Wilson, the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. The protestors were holding placards with slogans which read: “Save Pakistani Christians”, “Stop Human Rights Violations against Christians in Pakistan” and “Abolish Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan”.

The protestors also chanted slogans demanding justice for blasphemy accused Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi. They demanded justice and equal rights for the minorities in Pakistan. Pakistani Christians marched from Palais Wilson to Broken Chair in front of Palace of Nations, so as to highlight the plight of persecuted Pakistani Christians and other religious minorities.

This protest was held when the 39th Session of the UN Human Rights Council was going on. On this occasion President of the International Christian Concern, Advocate Qamar Shams stated: “The situation is quite serious and is going from bad to worse because it’s happening all the time. Hardly a day passes when you don’t hear a new case of persecution.

And persecution in different ways – it’s not persecution of blasphemy laws – it is social persecution, it is economic persecution and at the moment what the condition in Pakistan is of the minorities and particularly the Christians that they have been made to believe that they are not equal human beings. They are not equal citizens, they don’t have equal rights, they don’t have equal opportunities in jobs and government official positions, in the army, in navy and in the air force.”

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