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Drop blasphemy charges against Sherry Rehman and protect free speech in Pakistan

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Drop blasphemy charges against Sherry Rehman and protect free speech in Pakistan
  
  

 

Why this is important to me

Ms Rehman has been one of a handful of brave voices in her own country's political class to defend minorities, a crusade which ultimately led to the assassination of her colleagues Punjab Governor Salman Taseer and fellow Christian Cabinet Minister Batti who dared follow the same path. I had the great privilege to meet Ms Rehman on two separate occasions and was impressed to find a woman of conviction who is committed to fighting the good fight for those less privileged than herself and to giving a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves . Those of us who believe in freedom of speech have a duty to stand up for this courageous voice and to rally against those who manipulate blasphemy laws which have no place in a modern and just and fair society. Ms Rehman's inditement will almost certainly fire up extremists who are already baying for her blood. We need to step in urgently to stand by her and call for the Judiciary and investigating police to exercise some self control and common sense at this time and drop this farcical case which has no true legal merit.
Posted March 31, 2013
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