UN human rights chief condemns Pakistan assassination

The assassination of Pakistan's Minister of Minority Affairs on Wednesday has been condemned by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Shahbaz Bhatti

Shahbaz Bhatti

Shahbaz Bhatti was killed by gunmen in Islamabad, reportedly because of his opposition to the country’s blasphemy laws. Charles Appel reports:

Pakistan’s Minister of Minority Affairs, Shahbaz Bhatti is the second high profile public figure to be killed since the beginning of the year.

On January 4, the Governor of Punjab Province, Salman Taseer was assassinated in Islamabad by his own bodyguards because of his opposition to the blasphemy laws.

Mr. Taseer had called for a Christian woman who was sentenced to death for blasphemy, to be pardoned.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay says that these killings are symptomatic of pervasive violence against religious minorities in Pakistan.

Ms Pillay is calling on the government of Pakistan to declare a moratorium on blasphemy laws.

Charles Appel, United Nations.

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