4-1-2011By Marc Jayson Climaco
Program and Communications Assistant
for Fighting Discrimination Program
Days before the new resolution passed, Human Rights First brought Shehrbano Taseer, the daughter of slain Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva to address delegations on the abuses of national blasphemy laws in Pakistan. Her presence at the Human Rights First-organized event helped turn the tide and move sentiments of diplomats away from the “defamation of religions” concept.
In a recent report, we identified scores of cases that provide ample warning of the dangers of enacting a global blasphemy law. The study documents over 70 such cases in 15 countries where the enforcement of blasphemy laws have resulted in death sentences and long prison terms as well as arbitrary detentions, and have sparked assaults, murders, and mob attacks. Several of our recommendations were included in the resolution adopted last week.
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