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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Officials from U.K., Pakistan, Amnesty International Join Discussion
04/09/2015 Washington, D.C.
International Christian Concern
A news conference hosted by International Christian Concern (ICC) to discuss violence and discrimination against religious minorities in Pakistan. On March 15, two suicide bombers attackedSunday morning church services in Lahore, killing 14 Christians and wounding nearly 80. The bombing was the latest in a long string of violent incidents against religious minorities in Pakistan, dating back nearly two decades.
The news conference will also address the abuse of Pakistan's so-called "blasphemy laws," which human rights groups say are consistently misapplied to suppress religious minority groups. Four Christians, including mother of five Asia Bibi, have been convicted of blasphemy despite little evidence and have been sentenced to death by hanging.
Participants in the news conference will include:
- Baroness Elizabeth Berridge, Member of Parliament in the United Kingdom, most recent chair of the All Parliamentary Group for International Religion and Belief
- Naeem Shakir, High Court Lawyer of Pakistan, appellate-level attorney for Asia Bibi
- T. Kumar, Director of International Advocacy for Amnesty International USA
- Jeff King, President, International Christian Concern
April 14, 2015
9:30 a.m. ET
National Press Club
529 14th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20045
International Christian Concern is a human-rights organization based in Washington that exists to help persecuted Christians around the world. For more information, please visit http://www.persecution.org/.
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