Pakistan

180 million people
1,120 USD GNI (PPP)
Internet:
Not Free
Press:
Not Free
Partly Free

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Mary McGuire
Senior Program Manager, Freedom of Expression
written by
Matthew Schaaf
Program Officer, Eurasia Programs

LGBTI people have become victims of an ongoing crisis within global institutions regarding the intersection of universal human rights and cultural or “traditional” values.

written by
Lars Hvidberg
Guest Blogger


One of the leading forces in the 2005–06 prophet Muhammad cartoon controversy, Danish Muslim activist Ahmed Akkari, now regrets his role as agitator and reveals a larger, more deliberate, and more vicious conspiracy behind the crisis than previously known.

On April 10, more than 200 guests filled the Hillyer Art Space for Freedom House’s Third Annual Photography and Art Auction fundraiser.

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Civil Society, Democratic Governance, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense, Media Freedom, Religious Freedom, Rule of Law, Women's Rights
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Around the world, millions of people carried on the struggle for freedom and human rights in 2013. There were gains, to be sure, but unfortunately many more setbacks. Here are some of the best and worst developments in human rights over the past year.

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Policing Belief: The Impact of Blasphemy Laws on Human Rights

Policing Belief: The Impact of Blasphemy Laws on Human Rights examines the human rights implications of domestic blasphemy and religious insult laws using the case studies of seven countries—Algeria, Egypt, Greece, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan and Poland—where such laws exist both on paper and in practice. Without exception, blasphemy laws violate the fundamentalfreedom of expression, as they are by definition intended to protect religious institutions and religious doctrine– i.e., abstract ideas and concepts – from insult or offence. At their most benign, such laws lead to self-censorship.  In Greece and Poland, two of the more democratic countries examined in the study, charges brought against high-profile artists, curators and writers serve as a warning to others that certain topics are off limits. At their worst, in countries such as Pakistan and Malaysia, such laws lead to overt governmental censorship and individuals are both prosecuted and subject to severe criminal penalties including lengthy jail sentences.

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