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Church officials in Pakistan say they are encouraged by the arrest of a cleric on charges of framing an illiterate Christian teenager on blasphemy charges.
Groups in Islamabad are continuing to lobby the Pakistani government in the case of a Christian young woman charged with blasphemy.
During a visit to Pakistan, the general secretary of the World Council of Churches has urged protection of religious minorities and action against intolerance.
Indonesia has been urged to repeal its blasphemy laws and provide greater protection to minorities, including Christians and the Muslim Ahmadiyya sect.
The Pakistani government should immediately drop blasphemy charges against a 17-year-old student and ensure his safe release from detention.
Churches in Pakistan have expressed frustration over the government's refusal to amend a controversial blasphemy law, as urged by the Pope and protesting civil rights activists.
There is confusion about the fate of a Christian woman who has been sentenced to death under Pakistan's draconian blasphemy law.
A pressure group has accused the Advertising Standards Authority of effectively re-introducing the blasphemy law through the back door.
In a public statement, the WCC Central Committee says Pakistan's blasphemy law has become “a major source of victimisation and persecution”.
Christians in Pakistan have been stunned by the killing of two young men, who were shot dead on court premises earlier this week.
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