WCC to hold hearing on misuse of blasphemy law in Pakistan


The World Council of Churches (WCC) Commission of the Churches on International Affairs will be holding an international hearing on:

“Misuse of the blasphemy law and religious minorities in Pakistan” 

from 17 – 19 September


the Ecumenical Centre, Visser't Hooft Plenary Hall

150 Route de Ferney


(Free parking available)


A UN side event will take place on 18 September from 13.00 14.30 at Place de Nations.


A press conference will be held on 17 September, 13.30 at the Ecumenical Centre following the public hearing in the morning. Media representatives are welcome to all of the events. The proceedings will be in English only. The WCC will provide press kits (in English) and background information.


Speakers at the press conference will include:

  • Mr I.A. Rehman, director of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan
  • Ms Asiya Nasir, Member of Parliament (Federal Assembly)
  • Moulana Qari Hanif Jalandhari, clergy, secretary Federal Board of  Wafaqul Madares (Islamic Schools) and president of Pakistan World Council of Religions
  • Bishop Samuel Azariah, WCC Executive Committee member, moderator of the Church of Pakistan
  • Dr Mathews George Chunakara, director of WCC’s Commission of the Churches on International Affairs

Download the programme schedule (pdf, 531 KB), detailed programme (pdf, 545 KB) and background document (pdf, 500 KB).


Media contact:
Mark Beach, WCC director of Communication
Mobile +41.79.507.6363 or email: meb[at]wcc-coe.org