State Dept. urged to designate Pakistan accordingly

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
 | 
Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

More attention is on Pakistan as it remains one of the worst countries for religious freedom.

In its 2015 annual report, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) calls on the federal government to designate Pakistan as a CPC (Countries of Particular Concern).

"I would say it's probably one of the worst countries that has not been designated by the State Department," notes USCIRF Chair Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett. "We really feel that Pakistan meets the statutory definition."

She tells OneNewsNow that though Pakistan is a democracy, it faces plenty of challenges.

"Just to give you one example, there are more people on death row or serving life sentences for blasphemy in Pakistan than any other country on earth," Dr. Lantos Swett reports.

USCIRF believes penalties should be in place for false accusations of blasphemy.

"What we have been told from many different sources is that a lot of these accusations that are brought by citizens, and the way the Pakistani law works is anybody can go file a complaint and make the accusation," the Commission chair explains. "Many of them are really a means of settling other scores amongst people in a community, and at the moment there's no specific mechanism in the law for prosecuting people who file false charges."

According to USCIRF, an independent advisory board to the federal government, promoting respect for freedom of religion or belief must be an integral part of U.S. policy in Pakistan.

Consider Supporting Us?

The staff at Onenewsnow.com strives daily to bring you news from a biblical perspective. If you benefit from this platform and want others to know about it please consider a generous gift today.

MAKE A DONATION

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

What issue(s) played the biggest role in an estimated 80% of evangelicals voting for Donald Trump in 2016?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Tornado hits Missouri capital as deadly storms sweep state
  'American Taliban' Lindh freed after 17 years in prison
Pentagon proposing troop buildup in the Mideast
Rivers rising in waterlogged central US; more rain to come
Flu outbreak sickens over 30 migrants at border center

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Black billionaire 'victims' and their leftist overlords
Police departments guilty of ‘interspecies violence’ against blacks, professor argues
Pro-abortion activist in Ohio: Pro-lifers 'deserve to be shot'
Using the 'big lie' to delegitimize election results
Obama judges kill Americans’ privacy to help Democratic house harass Trump

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
Land on slaughter of Christians: How long will world tolerate this?

A longtime Christian leader says the world can no longer ignore the continual genocide of Christians at the hands of radical Muslims.