LAHORE: A silent protest was held in front of the UN office in Geneva over the forced conversions in Pakistan and the blasphemy law. The protesters arrived in a broken chair, expressing solidarity with the victims of religious persecution. Protesters said minorities, including Christians and Hindus, were facing severe discrimination in Pakistan.
The protesters demanded the passage of a government law for the protection of minorities, the involvement of Christian girls who are abducted by majority religions, and the protection of victims of false religion. Protesters said the United Nations and some international human rights organizations were silent on the persecution in the country.
Pakistan sees minorities as second-class citizens. There have been reports from Pakistan that even the Constitution forbids minorities from entering top government jobs. Pakistan ranks fifth on the list of most persecuted Christians in the world, released by Open Doors last year.