Pakistan: Over Half A Million Demand Asia Bibi’s Freedom Via Petition


Over half a million people have so far supported a global petition that demands Pakistan release Asia Bibi, a Catholic mother of five who is on death row for blasphemy.

So far more than 540,000 people have signed the petition which The American Center for Law and Justice says is important because it shows “Pakistan that the world is watching this case.”

Bibi was arrested in June 2009 after being accused by her fellow Muslim farm workers of insulting the Prophet Muhammad, a charge she strongly denies.

After her trial, which lasted one and a half years, Bibi was sentenced to death in November 2010. She is currently awaiting the country’s Supreme Court to hear her appeal.

Human rights campaigners say the blasphemy law is often used to settle personal scores or as a way to target religious minorities.

UCA News

The Union of Catholic Asian News (UCA News, UCAN) is the leading independent Catholic news source in Asia. A network of journalists and editors that spans East, South and Southeast Asia, UCA News has for four decades aimed to provide the most accurate and up-to-date news, feature, commentary and analysis, and multimedia content on social, political and religious developments that relate or are of interest to the Catholic Church in Asia.

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