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Pakistan Blasphemy Law versus Asia Bibi (critical update)

Let's remember this injustice which, like hundreds of others, is still going on.

Now, another 16 months on and Asia Bibi is still waiting on death row for her murderous death sentence to be carried out for a non-crime that she never committed.

Meanwhile, a petition signed by activists is handed to the UN Human Rights Council to plead for her release, at the same time that Pakistan is running for a seat on that same UNHRC.

We should exert what pressure we can to block the accession of Pakistan to the UNHRC until they release Bibi and others like her and get rid of the blasphemy law. Otherwise Pakistan should be cut off from western financial aid. Remember that there are and have been many other victims of this needless blasphemy law and of those who ruthlessly exploit it, even though the Pakistan Human Rights Commission is doing good work.

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Extract From CNN:-

"With Pakistan now running for a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council, the government should make an important gesture by releasing Asia Bibi, and repealing its blasphemy law, which is inconsistent with basic human rights," said Hillel Neuer, director of U.N. Watch, a Geneva-based human rights group that organized the petition.

However, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that the government will not change the country's controversial blasphemy laws.

Liberal politician Salman Taseer, then governor of Punjab, who led a campaign to end the law, was assassinated in January 2011. Taseer said the blasphemy laws were being misused to persecute religious minorities and had called for Bibi's release.

Bibi writes about her ordeal in a recently published book called "Get Me Out of Here." It includes a letter she wrote to her family urging them to have faith in God. "My children," she wrote, "don't lose courage or faith in Jesus Christ.""

TAGGED: ACTIVISM, BLASPHEMY, FREE SPEECH, HUMAN RIGHTS


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