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Asia Bibi sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan

November 10, 2010

Via the Telegraph:

Asia Bibi, a 45-year-old mother-of-five, denies blasphemy and told investigators that she was being persecuted for her faith in a country where Christians face routine harassment and discrimination.

Asia Bibi has been sentenced to death ‘for blasphemy’

Christian groups and human rights campaigners condemned the verdict and called for the blasphemy laws to be repealed.

Her supporters say she will now appeal against the sentence handed down in a local court in the town of Sheikhupura, near Lahore, Pakistan.

The full story is here.

A Richard Dawkins Foundation blog also adds that a fine of £700 was passed down on Asia Bibi, who has been kept in solitary confinement for a year, and adds:

The blasphemy laws of President Zia Ul-Haq in Pakistan have been exploited to persecute non-Muslims for many years now. They are commonly used to blackmail or dispossess victims who may be condemned on nothing more than a false rumour of tearing a koran page.

The Pakistani minorities,- Ahmadi Muslims, Christians and Hindus are being treated as pariahs in their own country. We should do anything in our power to help them to secure their equal treatment under the law.

GodChicks has a list of email addresses to write to, and are urging us to do this within the next 6 days which is the time period for Asia Bibi to file an appeal.

H/T @RedRector

One Comment leave one →
  1. Annie permalink
    November 13, 2010 10:34

    Thank you for including the link to GodChicks – all the information I have been able to find has been directed at a Canadian audience, giving addresses and salutations for Canadian ambassadors.

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