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Rimsha could be the start of change in Pakistan

The mood in Pakistan is supportive of her. The government must not lose this opportunity to address the misuse of blasphemy laws After three weeks in a high-security prison, Rimsha Masih is out, having been granted bail. She was escorted from the prison by an armed guard and with her face covered before being flown by […]

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CLAAS welcomes guilty verdict for man accused of murdering Rashid and Sajid Emmanuel

The Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS) welcomes the guilty verdict handed down to Maqsood Ahmed over the murder of Christian brothers Rashid and Sajid Emmanuel. The brothers were gunned down by Ahmed outside a court in Faisalabad on July 19, 2010.  The brothers were killed in broad daylight and despite being escorted […]

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CLAAS saddened by death of Pakistani Christian accused of blasphemy

The Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS) is shocked and saddened by news of the sudden death of a Christian man imprisoned for blasphemy. Qamar David was one year into a life sentence in Central Jail Karachi for blasphemy.  The circumstances of his death remain unclear and we would ask that you pray […]

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Statement by CLAAS on the assassination of Pakistan’s Minorities Minister

The Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement is devastated by news of Shahbaz Bhatti’s assassination today in Islamabad.   According to media reports, the Minorities Minister was on his way to a cabinet meeting when gunmen broke into his vehicle and shot him.   He was rushed to Shifa Hospital but was pronounced dead […]

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Please pray for the release of Ruqqiya Bibi

CLAAS has learned of the release of Munir Masih, who along with his wife Ruqqiya Bibi, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for blasphemy last March. However, the judge came under pressure to release the pair and we filed an appeal in the High Court in Lahore to overturn their sentences. We also immediately […]

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CLAAS urges international community to put pressure on Pakistan over blasphemy laws

The Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS) is deeply saddened to hear that the Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has approved recommendations to kill proposals for a review of the blasphemy laws and pardon for Asia Bibi. Law Minister Babar Awan urged the Prime Minister not to amend the blasphemy law or […]

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CLAAS extremely disappointed by Pakistani MP’s decision to abandon blasphemy Bill

CLAAS is extremely disappointed with the decision of Sherry Rehman to abandon a Bill proposing changes to Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. Rehman had been under intense pressure from Muslim hardliners over her Bill proposing to remove the death penalty from Section 295 (C) of the Pakistani Penal Code, the section criminalising blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad. […]

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