Pakistan is one of 12 countries in which apostasy or blasphemy are punishable by death, and continues to mete out more death sentences for blasphemy than any other country in the world. Despite having never carried out an execution on this basis, this hardline anti-blasphemy stance has engendered widespread violence at the community level, with countless accused blasphemers being killed by civilian vigilantes and mobs.
This violence is documented in The Accused: Devoted or Damned, a 2020 film by Mohammed Naqvi. Registrants will be granted online access to the film a week prior to the event.
On 8 December, registrants are invited to join this high-level panel discussion on the situation in Pakistan, and the roles of the domestic and international communities in analysing the root causes of such violence and in pointing the way towards a resolution, and religious tolerance.
Join us as we mark Human Rights Day 2021, delivered by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Delegation of the European Union to Australia, and Eleos Justice.
Read Eleos’ new report: Killing in the Name of God: State-Sanctioned Violations of Religious Freedom.
Representative from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australian Government @DFAT
Fedja Zlobec Deputy Head of the European Union Delegation to Australia @EUinAus
Peter Jacob, Executive Director, Centre for Social Justice (Pakistan) @PeterJacobCSJ
Mohammed ‘Mo’ Naqvi Filmmaker, director of ‘The Accused: Damned or Devoted?’ (2020) @manaqvi
Mai Sato , Director, Eleos Justice; Associate Professor, Monash Law @drmaisato