Will your name be on the petition handed to Downing Street, calling for Pakistani Christians to be protected?

You may sign the petition, organised by Aid to the Church in Need here. 
On 2nd July this petition will be submitted to the UK High Commission for Pakistan and 10 Downing Street. The more names the better; how many will pledge that they believe the Christians in Pakistan deserve better?   
ACN UK director Neville Kyrke-Smith will be among those handing in the petition at 10 Downing Street asking the British government to put pressure on Pakistan to amend the laws and step up action to protect the rights of religious minorities. AID to the Church in Need UK is joining forces with Christians and non-Christians alike in a protest march against Pakistan’s infamous blasphemy laws.  The march (London  2nd July) will call for a change to Pakistan’s blasphemy laws which have been cited as causing 14 separate attacks on Christians over the last two months.  Mr Kyrke-Smith said: “Blasphemy for us is just a word – for Christians and all people in Pakistan the accusation of blasphemy can lead to death.”  The ACN petition calls for protection for religious minorities who are often the victims of violence carried out by those who take the law into their hands and accuse them of blasphemy. Mr Kyrke-Smith stressed the widespread abuse of the blasphemy laws and said the Pakistan government should change them in a bid to root out mob violence. Codes 295B and 295C of the blasphemy laws impose severe penalties for offences against Islam.
The protest march against Pakistan’s blasphemy laws take place on Saturday, 2nd July starting at 11am outside the UK High Commission for Pakistan, Lowndes Square, London  SW1X 9JN. A prayer service will be followed by the march to 10 Downing Street.
The march on 2nd July is being organised by Wilson Chowdhry and the British Pakistani Christian Association of which he is chairman. The event begins at 11am at the Pakistani High Commission in Lowndes Square, London, where a petition will be submitted.
Speeches will take place with representatives from Christian organisations and those of other faiths.  Among those giving addresses will be Dr Michael Nazir Ali, former Anglican Bishop of Rochester and the Rev Stuart Windsor, national director of Christian Solidarity Worldwide. Speakers from non-Christian groups include Upkar Rai of the British Sikh Council, Ranbir Singh of the Hindu Human Rights Group and Imam Dr Hargey of the Oxford Islamic Congregation. 
After the speeches the march gets underway heading towards Downing Street. On arrival, there will be more speeches after which the petition will be handed in to No. 10.
Planning to take part in the march on July 2nd? Keep up to date with details here


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