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July 2019
News > International

Pakistan: Christian couple on death row

The lawyer who supported Asia Bibi has taken up the case of another Pakistani couple who face the death penalty for alleged ‘blasphemy’. A report from international advocacy organisation, Barnabas Fund, said Saif-ul-Mulook (pictured) is to appeal against the conviction in April 2014 of Shafqat Emmanuel and Shagufta Kausar. The couple, who have four…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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