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UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination insists on revocation of blasphemy laws in Pakistan


The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has urged that Pakistan should revoke the draconian blasphemy law. The commission based in Geneva, in its episodic report on Pakistan; stated that misuse of blasphemy laws is surging in the heavily Islamic country.

UN urges Pakistan to repeal blasphemy law

The UN Committee’s report “takes note of the state’s efforts to prevent the abuse of blasphemy laws”, but also expressed concern about,” at the same time called for far-reaching efforts for an extensive and vague definition of crimes against religion in compliance with the articles of the law, which consists of some articles of the Pakistan Penal Code. The report further notes “the disproportionate use of those laws against individuals belonging to ethnic and religious minorities.”

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The UN Committee in its report, expressed concerns relating “the high number of blasphemy cases based on false accusations with no related investigations and prosecutions, the judges who judge cases of blasphemy face intimidation, death threats and murders.”

Furthermore, the Committee also offered advised Pakistan “to consider the repeal of the blasphemy law, which goes against freedom of expression and religion, established by the Constitution” and asks “to take all necessary measures to prosecute and punish those submitting false charges” and “to protect the judges.”

Additionally, the UN Committee also recommends for efficacious efforts to curb religion-based discrimination and guard Pakistanis hailing from various ethnic and religious minorities. The Committee further urged for reinforcing the impartiality and effectiveness of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan-which was established in the country in 2015.

It was further recommended that the government must apportion sufficient resources, polishing skills and enhancing powers which might help in probing cases of human rights violation.