Petition to Repeal Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws.
This is a request to sign this petition and help us in calling upon the governments of the United States of America and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and the Human Rights First and Amnesty International to bring an end to the unjust and discriminatory "Blasphemy Laws" section (295), (295-A) and (295-C) of Pakistan which are often used to rationalize religious discrimination, oppression, violence and to justify the murders of Christians and other minorities throughout Pakistan today.
We believe that such institutionalized oppression of our fellow human beings is against universal human rights and must be rejected by all people who support human dignity and the freedom to worship and practice one's religion.
The attacks on Christians have become "a pattern of violence which has been intensifying in recent the years" and are frequently associated with the misuse of the Blasphemy Laws. The law on blasphemy has provided a ready made excuse for those who are motivated to use it for their own personal interests.
The deaths of dozens of innocent Pakistani Christians, the burning of Christian villages and the desecration of Churches at the hands of violent fanatic religious mobs, while over 600 Christians languish in jails because of these laws, has led the Pak-American Christian Association of North America to submit an online petition to end these discriminatory laws, which are so often used to incite violence against minority groups, specially Christians. These infamous laws seem to offer protection to those who wish to instigate violence against Christians.
We call upon the government of Pakistan to repeal these "Blasphemy Laws", review the deep divisions within the nation which has allowed such hate to grow against its own citizens while defending the universal human rights of all of its citizens. The government should establish the vision of the founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah, who expressed such an intent in his address to the Constituent Assembly delivered on August 11, 1947. He spoke of an inclusive and more tolerant society, impartial government, religious freedom, rule of law and equality for all its citizens. He clearly stated, that all of us were equal citizens of Pakistan and that each person's religion was their personal business.
We request the government of the United States of America, the US State Department and all our fellow human beings around the globe to press all organizations and nations of the world to call for an end to such unjust forms of religious discrimination and to stop such practices and recognize every Pakistani's basic universal human rights.
Pak-American Christian Association of North America