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Asia Bibi

December 2014

Christian woman Asia Bibi, who was accused of making derogatory comments about Muhammad during an argument with a Muslim woman, has seen her appeal rejected by the Lahore High Court.

According to the BBC, the Pakistan high court rejected her appeal against the death sentence for blasphemy that had been issued by a lower court.

Her lawyers have vowed to take the case to the Supreme Court. Ms Bibi’s sentence in 2010 sparked global condemnation, with several campaigns calling for her release. Ms Bibi has denied the allegations against her, saying they stemmed from an argument with a group of women over a pot of water.

During 2011, two men calling for a reform of Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws in the wake of her trial were both murdered. These were Punjab governor Salman Taseer and minorities minister Shahbaz Bhatti.

The BBC reported that, since the 1990s, scores of Christians have been convicted for desecrating the Koran or for ‘blasphemy’. While most of them have been sentenced to death by the lower courts, many sentences have been overturned due to lack of evidence.

 

 

 

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