Friday, May 21, 2010

Pakistan blasphemy laws used to justify ‘murder’: EU parliament

Relief Web, May 21, 2010

STRASBOURG — The EU parliament on Thursday called on Pakistan to guarantee minority rights, claiming that its blasphemy laws could be used to murder members of political, racial and religious minorities.

In a resolution adopted in Strasbourg, the assembled Euro MPs expressed “deep concern” at the Pakistani blasphemy laws, calling for a “thoroughgoing review” of the legislation which is “open to misuse.”

The laws can carry the death sentence and are “often used to justify censorship, criminalisation, persecution and, in certain cases, the murder of members of political, racial and religious minorities,” the parliament said in a strongly-worded statement.

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