THE BLASPHEMY LAW PROJECT
Engage is a nonprofit research and advocacy organization working on Pakistan’s blasphemy law. The mass support for this narrative makes it a potent legal instrument for intimidation, violence and enacting personal vendettas, and specific persecution of minorities. We are attempting to deconstruct the law and its surrounding social narrative through the framework that informs it--the first attempt of its kind. Please take the time to go through the rest of our profile and the introductory video above which summarizes the problem and how we propose to address it.Sign the Petition
Stop the Abuse and Weaponization of Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws
The blasphemy laws, which were meant to protect religious sentiments, have instead resulted in an alarming increase in baseless accusations and extrajudicial violence. Deliberate misrepresentations of the Islamic legal tradition have been used to legitimize the dominant idea in Pakistan that ‘tauheen ki aik saza; sir tun se juda, sir tun se juda' - completely contrary to the actual texts of Islamic jurisprudential authorities (read about the fatwas that can change Pakistan’s blasphemy laws here). The TLP and Tehreek e Khatam e Nabuwwat are utilizing this blasphemy discourse for political purposes and inciting violence against minority communities
Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code is arguably one of the most contentious pieces of legislation in Pakistan today. It falls within the section on "offences relating to religion" and deals specifically with the crime of "blasphemy" against the figurehead of the Prophet Muhammad.
Challenging Apostasy and Blasphemy Laws.
Edited By Muhammad Khalid Masud, Kari Vogt, Lena Larsen & Christian Mo