The Tyranny of the Blasphemy Law

Sunday, 28th March 2010 | 6:00 pm

Pakistan’s draconian blasphemy laws remain unchanged despite recommendations to the Government by several groups and communities. Some believe that the blasphemy law should be amended while others strongly support its repeal. Join us at T2F for a discussion with Safiya Ghori on working towards religious freedom, tolerance, and diversity.

Safiya Ghori

safiya.jpgSafiya Ghori most recently served as the South Asia policy analyst at the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) where she monitored violations of religious freedom in India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan and made policy recommendations to the Obama administration and Congress on matters involving the treatment of religious minorities. She has also devised strategic goals on religious freedom issues in Pakistan and Afghanistan, including repealing blasphemy laws and reforming educational curricula to promote religious tolerance and diversity.

Safiya has authored legal and policy memoranda, briefing papers and press releases on counterterrorism strategy, radicalization, immigration reform, human rights issues and U.S. domestic and international policy. Additionally, Safiya regularly met with the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, and the FBI to develop and implement policy recommendations that provide guidance to both the government and the Muslim American community on civil rights and counterterrorism issues.

Safiya earned a joint Juris Doctor and Master of Arts in May 2006 from the University of Arkansas. Her most recent article, “Mutah Marriages in the American Legal System” in the Journal of Islamic Law and Culture looks into applying the religious law of Muslim minority communities throughout the United States. Safiya’s op-ed piece about Islamophobia in America was published in the San Diego Union Tribune in December 2006, and her piece “Muslim Women are Not Silent” was published on in April 2009. Additionally, Safiya is a fellow at the University of Southern California’s American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute and has appeared on BBC, Bridges News, the Voice of America, Geo TV, and has also been featured in Congressional Quarterly, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. She currently serves on the National Board of the Muslim Public Affairs Council.

Date: Sunday, 28th March, 2010
Time: 6:00 pm
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Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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