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June 2019
News > Persecution

Canada: Asia Bibi reunited with family

Pakistani woman Asia Bibi who was imprisoned for nine years on baseless charges of insulting the prophet Mohammed, has finally been freed to join her family in Canada. Asia Bibi had first been arrested on the false charges of blasphemy in 2009 after sharing a cup of water with Muslim farmworkers, who called her unclean. In 2010 the Pakistani court sentenced her to death, prompting global outrage and calls for a change to Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. She was not executed but was kept in prison in appalling conditions as international pressure mounted for her release. Although she had been acquitted by the Pakistan Supreme Court...

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March 2019
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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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January 2019
News > Ethics > Uncategorised

Peers criticise PM over failure to grant asylum to Asia Bibi

In a letter to The Times, members of the House of Lords have strongly criticised the UK government over its handling of Asia Bibi’s plea for asylum. Asia Bibi was convicted in Pakistan of blasphemy against Islam and sentenced to death, but was recently acquitted. However, there are fears she will be killed by hardliners unless she flees the country. Lord Alton of Liverpool, Baroness Cox and other peers said in their letter that failing to offer her sanctuary here was a ‘serious betrayal’ by the UK. They wrote, ‘We are deeply concerned by reports that Theresa May is refusing asylum to Asia Bibi, who...

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December 2018
News > Persecution

Persecution – Pakistani Christian pupil expelled

A 13-year-old Pakistani Christian boy was sent out of his classroom for turning off a tap that had been left running. Fourth grader student Sharjeel was expelled from his class on 16 October 2018 because it was believed that by touching the tap he had tainted the water and therefore he should be punished. Head teacher Nusrat Shaheen, of Government Boys Primary School, Dhok Fatah, District Attock, beat and abused him, before chasing him out of the school saying Christians are supposed to clean drains and not be educated. She further asked the child to bring his mother to fall at her feet. When Sharjeel’s...

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September 2018
News > International

International: Pakistan – kiln workers freed

More than 280 families have been freed from forced servitude in Pakistan’s brick-kiln industry. According to Barnabas Fund, many Christian families are being put into bondage to owners of brick kilns, forced to work as slaves because of debts, unable to send their children to school. One Christian man, Afzal, ended up as a bonded labourer because he had to borrow money to pay for his asthma medication. However, when Barnabas Fund heard of his predicament, and the situation of thousands of Christian families in servitude, it raised funds among supporters to set them free. Now Afzal’s debt of £1,136 has been paid off and...

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September 2018
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International: Pakistan – Church banned from worship

Police discrimination has forced Pakistani Christians to petition the government to allow them to worship in church. According to reports from the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA), a church in New Sarabah Village, Pakistan, has been forced to approach the Deputy Commissioner of Police for Toba Tek Singh for permission to use their church building. This came after the church was banned from holding any kind of church services two years ago after Christian music and prayers emanating from the building caused alleged ‘severe offence’ to local Muslims. The Full Gospel Assembly church building had been completed in 2012, despite threats from local Muslim leaders,...

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July 2018
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Persecution: Pakistan – Christian teen murdered

A young Christian woman, 17, who worked as a maid for a Muslim family in Pakistan, was murdered on 6 May 2018, ‘for not cleaning the house properly’. Kainat Masih came from a poor Christian family in Gujranwala, Punjab. Her father, Salamat, went to the house where she worked to meet her on the day in question, only to witness her employer and his wife, along with two other men and a woman, assaulting her. He later described to police how that they were holding down Kainat’s arms and legs and had tied a rope around her neck and were attempting to strangle her. Salamat...

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