Pakistan Standing Firm on Plan to Murder Christian Woman and Running for Seat on UN Human Rights Council
March 26, 2012 Leave a comment
Asia Bibi is not the only Christian or minority that the government of Pakistan has or plans to murder:
Amnesty International has long been concerned about the persistent pattern human rights violations occurring in Pakistan. Arbitrary detention, torture, deaths in custody, forced disappearances, and extrajudicial execution are rampant. The government of Pakistan has failed to protect individuals – particularly women, religious minorities and children – from violence and other human rights abuses committed in the home, in the community, and while in legal custody. It has failed to ensure legal redress after violations have occurred. In addition, Pakistan continues to impose the death penalty on persons convicted of crimes. Read More about Pakistan from AI
Human Rights Watch says, ‘Pakistan’s human rights situation deteriorated significantly in 2011 as the military, which operates with impunity, seized near-total control of foreign and security policy as the civilian government looked on helplessly. Religious minorities faced unprecedented insecurity and persecution. Freedom of belief and expression came under severe threat as the government failed to provide protection to those threatened by extremists or hold them accountable. Security deteriorated as militant and sectarian groups carried out suicide bombings and targeted killings across the country. A dramatic increase in killings across the southwestern province of Balochistan was recorded as were at least 800 politically motivated killings in the southern city of Karachi.’
Read More about Pakistan from HRW
US Department of State Human Rights Report – Pakistan details specific instances of government conducted and or condoned crimes against minorities.
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- The petition calling for the release of Asia Bibi was signed by 50 activists
- She was sentenced to death for defiling the name of the Prophet Mohammed
- A probe found the charges stemmed from religious and personal enmity
- The petition urges an end to Pakistan’s blasphemy laws
(CNN) – Activists presented a petition Tuesday to the United Nations Human Rights Council calling on Pakistan to free a Christian mother of five from being put to death on the charge of blasphemy.
A Pakistani court Asia Bibi guilty of defiling the name of the Prophet Mohammed during a 2009 argument with Muslim fellow field workers. The offense is punishable by death or life imprisonment, according to Pakistan’s penal code, and Bibi was sentenced to hang.
But an investigation by a Pakistani government ministry found the charges stemmed from religious and personal enmity and recommended Bibi’s release.
The petition was signed by 50 activists including a former Czech foreign minister, the president of the U.N. General Assembly, a survivor of Tiananmen Square and a women’s rights advocate from Mali.
“With Pakistan now running for a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council, the government should make an important gesture by releasing Asia Bibi, and repealing its blasphemy law, which is inconsistent with basic human rights,” said Hillel Neuer, director of U.N. Watch, a Geneva-based human rights group that organized the petition.
However, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that the government will not change the country’s controversial blasphemy laws.
Liberal politician Salman Taseer, then governor of Punjab, who led a campaign to end the law, was assassinated in January 2011. Taseer said the blasphemy laws were being misused to persecute religious minorities and had called for Bibi’s release.
Bibi writes about her ordeal in a recently published book called “Get Me Out of Here.” It includes a letter she wrote to her family urging them to have faith in God. “My children,” she wrote, “don’t lose courage or faith in Jesus Christ.”