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Groups in Islamabad are continuing to lobby the Pakistani government in the case of a Christian young woman charged with blasphemy.
An international public hearing highlighting the plight of religious minorities and misuse of blasphemy law in Pakistan will be held from 17 to 19 September
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.
A pressure group has accused the Advertising Standards Authority of effectively re-introducing the blasphemy law through the back door.
A petition calling for the repeal of Pakistan's blasphemy laws, which impose the death sentence on a person found desecrating Islam's holy book, the Qur'an, has gone to the United Nation High Commissioner for Human Rights.
After attacks on Christians in Pakistan, and the inability of the authorities to act, a petition seeking an end to the country's blasphemy law has been launched in the UK and elsewhere.
Irish President Mary McAleese has signed into law the Defamation Act, which includes clauses that create the offence of "blasphemous libel". Civil rights campaigners are dismayed.
A year after the repeal of blasphemy from English law, religious defamation laws are tightening their grip on the world, with the apparent support of the United Nations.
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