Pakistan: Further information on death threats/fear for safety/possible death penalty/prisoner of conscience. New concern: Death penalty

Pakistan: Further information on death threats/fear for safety/possible death penalty/prisoner of conscience. New concern: Death penalty

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Index Number: ASA 33/012/2007
Date Published: 18 June 2007
Categories: Asia And The Pacific, Pakistan

Younis Masih, a Pakistani Christian, was sentenced to death for blasphemy on 30 May. He is appealing against his sentence. He has been attacked twice by inmates at Kot Lakhpat prison in Lahore, and remains at risk of further attack at the hands of prisoners and guards. Amnesty International considers him to be a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for the peaceful exercise of the right to freedom of expression. His lawyer, Parvez Aslam Choudhry, has survived an apparent attempt on his life and has been threatened as a result of his involvement in the case.


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