The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has expressed serious concern about the misuse of the country’s new blasphemy laws, which it says could be used as a weapon against religious minorities. The laws, which were revised in October 2020, are now considered among the strictest in the world, with punishments ranging from fines to the death penalty. HRCP Chairperson Dr. Mehdi Hasan said that he was “deeply worried about how these laws will be applied in the future,” as they could easily be used to target and persecute minorities. He also expressed concern that the laws are so broad that they could be used to criminalize even peaceful dissent. The HRCP is calling on the government to review the laws and ensure that they are not abused.