Pakistan court upholds death penalty for Asia Bibi despite serious legal loophole in trial

Pakistan court upholds death penalty for Asia Bibi despite serious legal loophole in trial
The first Christian woman to be sentenced to death under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws had her appeal rejected by the High Court in Lahore on Thursday. Aasiya Noreen, commonly known as Asia Bibi, received the death penalty in 2010 after she allegedly made derogatory comments about the Prophet Mohammed during an . . . Read More

Pakistani blasphemy law used against popular TV channel, Jehovah’s Witnesses and more

Pakistani blasphemy law used against popular TV channel, Jehovah’s Witnesses and more
Pakistani Christians and supporters protest the use of blasphemy laws in Pakistan. London, December 2009. helen.2006 / Flickr / Creative Commons   With several Christians on trial awaiting potential death sentences for allegedly committing blasphemy – tensions are increasingly high across the nation with a record breaking amount of blasphemy . . . Read More

A renewed debate over blasphemy laws

A renewed debate over blasphemy laws
Memorials for the victims of the bomb attacks at All Saints Church in Peshawar.Kamran Chaudhry for World Watch Monitor   The Sept. 22 suicide bombings of a church in Pakistan have re-ignited political debate on the country’s  controversial blasphemy laws. Only three days before the incident, the Council for Islamic . . . Read More

Arrests made in Bhatti murder

Pakistan police have arrested eight men in connection with the March 2011 assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti, a cabinet minister who had spoken out against the country’s blasphemy laws, according to Pakistan news reports. Bhatti, the minister for minority affairs, urged reform of laws that make it a crime to insult . . . Read More

Pakistan Supreme Court confirms decision to drop blasphemy case

Pakistan Supreme Court confirms decision to drop blasphemy case
The Pakistan Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out an appeal to reopen a blasphemy case against a Christian teen who had been accused of burning pages containing verses from the Quran. Rimsha Masih had been acquitted of the charges in November by the High Court in Islamabad.  The lower court’s decision was appealed . . . Read More