[JURIST] Pakistani judges are being pressured to apply a controversial blasphemy law [text; JURIST news archive], UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers [official website] Gabriela Knaul [official profile] reported [OHCHR report] on Tuesday. In her initial observations of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, she expressed concern that judges are "coerced" to rule against the accused without sufficient evidence and fair trials. Moreover, lawyers representing the accused are reportedly compelled to provide inadequate representation and women are...

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