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March 2019
News > Persecution

Pakistan: Asia Bibi’s acquittal upheld

Asia Bibi, the Roman Catholic woman who has been on death row in Pakistan for allegedly committing blasphemy against Islam, has had her acquittal upheld. The Supreme Court of Pakistan maintained its decision to overturn her conviction and death sentence. She was originally convicted in 2010 after being accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad in a row with her neighbours and spent eight years on death row. But the Supreme Court quashed her conviction last October, sparking protests by Islamic hardliners who petitioned the court to overturn their ruling. Asia Bibi, also known as Asia Noreen, was unable to leave Pakistan while an appeal request...

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December 2018
News > Society

Society – European Court upholds conviction for insulting Islam

In a troubling legal ruling for free speech, a woman who insulted the Muslim faith has had her conviction upheld by the European Court of Human Rights. The woman, known only as Mrs S, had made disparaging remarks about the prophet Mohammed, calling him a paedophile, because one of his many wives was only six years old when they married. She was convicted in Austria by a lower court in Vienna for ‘disparaging religious doctrines’ and was ordered to pay a 480 euros fine plus legal fees. Mrs S was holding a seminar during which she was found to have made the remark about Mohammed....

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December 2018
News > Persecution

Persecution – Asia Bibi ‘freed’

Britain and other nations should offer asylum to Asia Bibi and her family, Christian campaigners said after the Catholic mother-of-five was acquitted of blasphemy charges in Pakistan on 31 October. A three-judge bench of Pakistan’s Supreme Court saved the illiterate farm labourer from execution, with its decision to acquit and release her. In a 56-page ruling the court stated that ‘the prosecution has categorically failed to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt’. The judges also asserted that ‘it is not for the individuals, or a gathering (mob), to decide as to whether any act falling within the purview of Section 295-C has been committed or not’....

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January 2018
News > Persecution

Remember the persecuted church

Christian organisations joined forces, as 2017 closed, to encourage UK churches to pray for fellow-believers who suffer because of their faith. Around the world, many Christians risk harassment, discrimination, imprisonment or even the risk of death, simply for trying to live out their faith or worship together. The Religious Liberty Commission (RLC) of the Evangelical Alliance, together with Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Open Doors UK and Release International, formed the ‘One Month, One Church, One Prayer’ initiative, to encourage Christians to pray individually, and in their church services to remember persecuted believers. Sobering picture According to the RLC, the global picture is sobering. In Iran, believers...

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June 2017
News > International

Morocco softens blasphemy law

Morocco’s High Religious Committee (HRC) has decreed individuals who leave Islam should not face the death penalty for apostasy. This ruling reverses the classical sharia legislation that has stood since medieval times. According to a Barnabas Fund statement, this ruling is all the more significant, given that the same HRC issued a book just five years ago, containing fatwas which affirmed the classical sharia position that a Muslim who changes his or her religion should be punished by death. In their 2017 document, entitled The way of the scholars, the HRC argued that Muhammad and his early followers killed apostates only for political reasons (because...

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June 2017
News > Persecution

Pakistan – Blasphemy laws

Pakistan’s parliament has called for a reform to its controversial blasphemy laws, following yet another death at the hands of an angry, fanatical mob. The student, from Abdul Wali Khan University in north-western Pakistan, was allegedly set upon and lynched by Muslims for his views on sufi-Islam and socialism. He was killed by the mob, which cited the ‘blasphemy law’ that currently carries a death sentence. After the attack, a resolution was passed by the National Assembly, which condemned the lynching and stated that safeguards must be included in the law to stop it being abused in the future. According to the Centre for Legal...

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January 1995
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We are pleased to learn that Gul Masih will begin 1995 a free man in Pakistan with no death sentence for blasphemy hanging over his head. Four years is a long time to spend in prison on trumped-up charges without the comfort of family, and under constant threat of abuse. We thank God that…

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