In this photograph taken on October 4, 2014, Pakistani leading human rights activist and Supreme Court lawyer Asma Jahangir gestures as she gives an interview to AFP in Lahore. AFP PHOTO/Arif ALI
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Condemnations by Pakistan's top preachers and Islamist parties against the misuse of blasphemy laws could help reverse a rising tide of mob killings, according to one of the country's leading rights activists.The All Pakistan Ulema Council, a leading clerical body, has chastised the government for failing to act and pledged that in the case of the Christian couple, justice for the victims must be served.The former U.N. special rapporteur on religion has braved death threats, beatings and prison time to win landmark human rights cases and stand up to dictatorship.Pakistan still suffers terrible violence against women, discrimination against minorities and near-slavery for bonded labourers, but Jahangir insists human rights causes have made greater strides than it may appear.Jahangir can count a number of victories, from winning freedom for bonded labourers from their "owners" through pioneering litigation to a landmark court case that allowed women to marry of their own volition.
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