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Pakistan: Human Rights leader calls for the end of anti-blasphemy law

2009-11-23

In 1986 an anti-blasphemy law was proclaimed. In theory this law is designed to defend the honor of Islam. But in practice it punishes by imprisonment or even death those who disrespect the Koran or the name of the Prophet Muhammad.

The law brutally discriminates minority religions and it’s known to be used by extremists in order to attack Christians in the country.

The director of the National Commission for Justice and Peace in Pakistan, Emmanuel Muni, has come to Rome to seek help from the international community. He wants to put an end to this law.

Fr. Emmanuel Y. Muni
Dir. National Justice & Peace (Pakistán)

“So we would like that the international community help us to bring about the change because the change will come together when we are breaking down the Muslims also which we are trying.”


Father Muni says Since July, more than 200 Christians have been accused of breaking the blasphemy law. They’ve reportedly been attacked and some have been burned to death. Muni says many times the accusations are launched by mosque leaders.

Fr. Emmanuele Y. Mani
Dir. Nacional Justicia y Paz (Pakistán)

“The mullah, the priest, makes an announcement on the loudspeaker of the mosque that one supposed person has committed blasphemy, so the whole village and the related villages come together and attack the other community, they attack the Churches, the houses, they destroy the houses.”

When the pope received Pakistan’s president in October, he talked about the treatment of Christians in the region and urged for the end of laws like these that violate human rights.

That’s why Emmanuel Muni from the National Justice and Peace Commission of Pakistan is asking for collaboration to overturn these laws. Collaboration that will help make Pakistan a free and pluralistic state.

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