Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk. Photo credit: Pakistan Ministry of Law and Justice
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Pakistan court rules citizens must declare religion when applying for government jobs or IDs

All Pakistani citizens must declare their religion when applying for identity documents or government jobs, according to a 9 March ruling of the Islamabad High Court. Human rights activists argue that this will create another opportunity for the government to discriminate against minorities. Human Rights Watch has condemned the ruling for attacking […]

Salman Taseer, the former governor of Punjab who was shot dead after raising the plight of Aasia Bibi. Photo credit: Wikipedia
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Pakistan Senate calls for punishments for false “blasphemy” allegations

Punishments should be imposed for false ‘blasphemy’ allegations, according to a key recommendation from the Pakistan Senate’s influential Special Committee on Human Rights earlier this month. The Committee also said that anyone wishing to register a case of blasphemy with the police should bring multiple witnesses. Lawmakers stressed however that they were […]

Worshippers in Sri Lanka. Photo credit: Facebook, National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka
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Sri Lankan Christians targeted throughout January

Sri Lankan Christians were the targets of multiple instances of persecution in January 2018. Church buildings and services, including a funeral, were attacked or disrupted and authorities colluded with local Buddhists and in some cases Hindus to halt Christian meetings. The catalogue of persecution compiled by the National Christian Evangelical Alliance […]

{akistani Prime Minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. Photo credit: wiki
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Pakistan unveils historic fatwa against ‘blasphemy’ vigilantes

The Pakistan government this month unveiled an historic fatwa (religious ruling) condemning Islamic extremism and vigilante “blasphemy” attacks, in a potentially positive development for the country’s minority Christian community. By issuing the fatwa with the support of 1,829 religious leaders – who are signatories to the document officially released on 16 […]