Campaña por Asia Bibi : pide derogar o enmendar la ley sobre blasfemia en Pakistán
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Asia Bibi : Ante la imposibilidad de derogación se solicitan enmiendas contra la ley anti-blasfemia.
PAKISTAN: Appeal to amend the Blasphemy laws
I am writing to voice my deep concern regarding the misuse of blasphemy laws and to express strong support for the private member’s bill introduced by the People’s Party MNA, Ms. Sherry Rehman that would amend blasphemy laws to end the death penalty and rationalise punishments under the blasphemy laws.
According to the data I have collected at least 1030 persons were charged under these anti-blasphemy clauses from 1986 to August 2009, while over 30 persons were killed extra-judicially by angry mobs or individuals.
I am appalled by the political expediency of the government and ruling party who do not want to take a firm stand on the misuse of the blasphemy law but instead is trying to sweep the basic issue of freedom of expression and discrimination on the basis of religion under the carpet. The deliberate institutionalisation of Islam’s status as protected and predominant promoted the perpetuation of religious intolerance by Islamic fundamentalists.
I am shocked to know that militant Muslim organisations are using blasphemy as a tool as the best way to keep religious minority groups under pressure and even forcibly take land. The State is failing to protect the lives and property of the minority community. The blasphemy law has made it compulsory that no police officer below the level of Superintendent of Police can investigate the charges but this is rarely adhered to.
I urge you to repeal the Blasphemy law or at least amend it by deleting section 295-c from the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) (the death sentence). I hereby fully support the initiative of Ms. Sherry Rehman to amend the blasphemy law by submitting a private bill in the national assembly.
I also urge the government, the ruling political parties, the members of the national assemblies and senate to pass the amendment in Blasphemy law introduced in a private bill introduced by MNA Sherry Rehman.
I look forward to your prompt action to provide substantial and comprehensive policy responses on the freedom of expression, protection of religious minority groups and misuse of blasphemy law.
Nombre y Apellidos.
1. Mr. Asif Ali Zardari
President of Pakistan
Tel: +92 51 9204801 +92 51 9204801 +51 9214171
Fax: +92 51 9207458
2.Mr. Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani
Prime Minister of Pakistan
Prime Minister House
Fax: + 92 51 9221596
E-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Dr. Fehmida Mirza
Speaker, National Assembly of Pakistan
Parliament house, Islamabad
Tel. No. +92 51 920 3734 +92 51 922 1082
Fax: +92 51 920 4673 / +92 51 922 1106
4.Dr. Zaheeruddin Babar Awan
Ministry of Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs
Government of Pakistan
R block, Pak Secretariat
Tel: 92-51- 9202712 FAX: 92-51-9202541
5. Mr. Syed Mumtaz Alam Gillani
Federal Minister for Human Rights
Ministry of Human Rights
Old US AID Building
Ata Turk Avenue
Fax: +92 51 9204108
6. Dr. Faqir Hussain
Supreme Court of Pakistan
Constitution Avenue, Islamabad
Fax: + 92 51 9213452