CAIR Calls for Release of Pakistani Girl Held for 'Blasphemy'
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/23/12) – A national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today called on the government of Pakistan to release Rimsha Masih, a Christian girl who is being held on blasphemy charges after she was accused of burning pages from a textbook that included verses from the Quran. Human rights organizations report that the girl, who is a minor, may have Down syndrome.
In a statement, the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said:
SEE: Christian Girl's Blasphemy Arrest Incites a Furor in Pakistan (New York Times)
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