Last Updated: Wed Jan 26, 2011 21:47 pm (KSA) 18:47 pm (GMT)

Protests in Rome against Pakistan’s blasphemy law

Progressive Pakistanis protest against the blasphemy law in their country
Progressive Pakistanis protest against the blasphemy law in their country

Italian lawmakers and religious associations protested in Rome Wednesday against Pakistan's blasphemy law, calling for the release of a Christian woman sentenced to death under the legislation.

Catholic and Jewish associations joined human rights group Amnesty International and representatives of the Pakistani community in Italy in a 100-strong demonstration in front of the Italian parliament.

"We want this law to be abolished," Pakistani-born Joseph Philip told AFP, explaining that his uncle, a Catholic Bishop, had been killed for his religious beliefs. He said he had come to the protest along with 15 compatriots.

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