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Murders, forced conversions, lynchings: Pakistan's sorry religious-freedom record

Catholic World News - January 16, 2012

At least 161 people were indicted last year under Pakistan’s blasphemy law, and 9 people accused of blasphemy were lynched. A Muslim legal scholar estimates that 95% of all blasphemy charges are fraudulent.

A year-end report from the Asian Human Rights Commmission also notes that last year about 1,800 Hindu or Christian girls were forcibly converted to Islam, usually after being kidnapped or pressured into marriage with a Muslim man.

The report on Pakistan’s abysmal religious-freedom record noted that in 2011 at least 30 activists and journalists working on religious-freedom issues were killed. “The state played an ambiguous role to appease the religious extremism and remained a silent spectator of such killings.”

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