UN tells Pakistan to stop forced marriages of Christians, Hindus, and Sikhs

The United Nations (UN) “expressed alarm” after a group of experts investigated the plight of religious minorities in Pakistan amid concerns about forced conversions and marriages of Christians, Hindus, and Sikhs by Muslims.

Voice of America reports, “The group of around 12 independent U.N rights experts includes the special rapporteurs on the sale and sexual exploitation of children, on violence against women and on minority issues, and on contemporary forms of slavery.”

The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights issued a statement saying, “We are deeply troubled to hear that girls as young as 13 are being kidnapped from their families, trafficked to locations far from their homes, made to marry men sometimes twice their age, and coerced to convert to Islam, all in violation of international human rights law.”