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Pakistani bishops' justice and peace commission condemns 'hate speech'


The Pakistani Bishops' Justice and Peace Commission has asked the government to end "hate speech" against minority religions.

A statement by the commission late last week said hate speech has led to a dramatic increase in crimes and discrimination against non-Muslims.

"We urge the government to take necessary action to curb the crime of hate speech," the statement said.

"The policy of turning (a) blind eye on hate crimes resulted in the destruction of churches and temples and bloodshed of thousands of innocent citizens in the name of religion or sect," said the statement, signed by Archbishop Lawrence Saldanha of Lahore, commission chairman, and Peter Jacob, executive secretary.

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Catholic News Service

LINKS
Catholic body demands check on hate speech against faiths (Press statement, Pakistan Bishops' National Commission for Justice and Peace)
Church Asks 'Hate Speech' Against Non-Muslims To End (UCA News)
Pakistan bishops condemn attack on Christian school (8/8/02)

13 Jan 2003