Monday, October 27, 2014 | 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Vanderbilt Hall, Room 210
40 Washington Square South New York 10012 map
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The Plight of Pakistan’s Ahmadis: Blasphemy, Identity & Democratic Exclusion
Join us for a discussion with prominent Pakistani civil and human rights lawyer Mujeeb-ur-Rahman on the persecution of Ahmadis in Pakistan, and the jurisprudence which has legitimized the persecution.
Mr. Rahman will discuss the plight of Ahmadis and its links to Pakistan’s anti-blasphemy laws, which mandate a death sentence or life imprisonment for those who insult Islam, and specifically target Ahmadis who “pose as Muslims” or “outrage the religious feelings of Muslims.” Mr. Rahman will also discuss his arguing of Zaheeruddin v. State before the Pakistan Supreme Court. Zaheeruddin – one of the country’s most important cases regarding freedom of religion – held the anti-blasphemy laws consistent with Pakistan’s Constitutional guarantee to freedom of religion, by reading Islam as an intellectual property right “protected” against infringement by Ahmadis. Mr. Rahman will speak about the denial of the citizenship rights of Ahmadis, including their exclusion from Pakistan’s joint electorate.
Refreshments will be served.