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January 9, 2020   •   

Lecturer Sentenced to Death in Pakistan for Blasphemy

A university lecturer has been sentenced to death in Pakistan for blaspheming against Islam, drawing international attention to a verdict that independent United Nations human rights monitors have criticized as a “travesty of justice.”

September 26, 2019   •   

The Release of Asia Bibi Fosters Hope for Religious Freedom in Pakistan

The release of Asia Bibi on May 8, 2019, has brought hope to the international religious community for greater tolerance of religious minorities in Pakistan.

July 23, 2018   •   

Extremist Groups are Campaigning in Pakistan Election

Pakistani extremist, leaders accused of spreading religious hatred and instigating sectarian violence, are among those running for seats 25 July in the Pakistani general elections.

January 11, 2018   •   

After Nine Years in a Pakistan Prison for Blasphemy, Free at Last

Mohammad Mansha (58) is a happy man today. The Punjab resident is home after serving the last nine years in prison on a life sentence blasphemy conviction on a charge that Mansha had desecrated a copy of the Quran. In late December 2017, a two-judge panel ruled that Mansha was falsely accused.

November 16, 2017   •   

USCIRF Explains Why it Urges the State Department to Include Russia and Pakistan on the Countries of Particular Concern List

In the annual report, released in April, USCIRF recommended that 16 countries be designated CPCs: Burma, Central African Republic, China, Eritrea, Iran, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

May 23, 2017   •   

Pakistani Media Urged to Foster and Uphold Religious Tolerance

A seminar today in Lahore, India, at the School of Media and Communication Studies of the University of Central Punjab, focused on the role of media in creating religious tolerance.

November 5, 2016   •   

Second Letter Demanding Release of Asia Babi Sent to Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States

How one mother’s defense of her religious beliefs has become a desperate fight for her life.

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