H.E. Pervaiz Musharaf,
Chief Executive of Pakistan
Chief Executive’s Secretariat,
We write with deep concern about the arrest and detention of Fr. Arnold Heredia (60) and 17 protesters who participated in a peaceful assembly to express their views against the “Blasphemy Laws”. The assembly took place in Empress Market Karachi on 10 January, 2001 and was peaceful until theauthorities violently intervened.
We request you to immediately and unconditionally release all the detainees and withdraw all false charges against them.
We humbly express the view that the “Blasphemy Laws” violate international standards for justice and human rights. Therefore we urge you repeal these laws.
Japan Catholic Council for Justice and Peace