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ACLJ Calls on UN Human Rights Council to Take Action after Christians Sentenced to Death in Pakistan

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) has called on the UN to address the human rights violations against Pakistan’s Christian minority. ACLJ noted that Islamic extremists regularly target Christians in Pakistan with both physical attacks and false accusations of blasphemy. Pakistan’s judicial system is also accused of sentencing Christians to death without evidence. The organisation’s European affiliate, the European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ), recently appealed to the UN Human Rights Council on the matter, with a representative stating: “Pakistan is ranked as the seventh worst country in the world for Christians due to persecution under blasphemy laws, mob attacks on Christian neighborhoods, assault and murder of innocent Christians, and kidnapping and forced religious conversions of young Christian girls by Muslims”. Pakistan’s blasphemy laws have existed since before the country’s 1947 founding. During the 1980s, Gen. Mohammed Zia-ul-Haq amended it to add the death penalty and to single out Islam as the religion that may not be insulted, among other changes. Although no one has been officially executed for it, dozens of people have been killed by mobs after just being accused of blasphemy.

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