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Pakistan Supreme Court rejects appeal and confirms freedom for Asia Bibi

After the latest verdict was announced, special security measures were put in place, with rangers and police forces deployed to enforce public order in the capital, Islamabad.

2019.01.31.

Asia Bibi acquitted of blasphemy charges in Pakistan

“We thank God very much that he’s heard our prayers – and the prayers of so many people who have longed for Asia Bibi’s release over all these years of suffering and anguish.”

2018.11.01.

Archbishop “alarmed” by “inflammatory language” against Travellers

“Travellers are finding themselves at the centre of unwelcome and unfair comment. Our society, which is already unequal, cannot afford to become any more polarised” – Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly.

2018.10.30.

Verdict in Asia Bibi’s appeal deferred until next week

Pakistani Christian mother has been locked up in solitary confinement since 2010 after she was condemned to death under the country’s draconian blasphemy laws.

2018.10.09.

Warning over Pakistan’s failure to protect Christian women

Catholic lawyer Tabassum Yousaf highlights case of 18-year-old Binish Paul who was allegedly thrown from the roof of a second storey building after refusing to convert to Islam and marry a Muslim.

2018.09.18.

Reference to blasphemy in Constitution is “largely obsolete” say bishops

But they affirm it is “vital to ensure that the rights of individuals and communities to practise and live out their faith openly are protected by law”.

2018.06.15.

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland rejects 28 complaints

Of all the 33 complaints five were upheld. Just over one third of the 28 rejected complaints were about religion, blasphemy and pro-life.

2018.02.08.

Stephen Fry in Irish blasphemy investigation

There is nothing especially new about Mr Fry’s remarks, given that they echo those made by the Greek philosopher Epicurus in the third century BC.

2017.05.08.

Asia Bibi’s Supreme Court appeal date set

Human rights groups believe Pakistan's blasphemy laws are often used to discriminate against religious minorities, such as the country's estimated three million Christians.

2016.08.27.

The Church is a protector and guarantor of true pluralism

“In our age of flattened earth, narrowed horizons, conformity to a shallow consumerism and superficial variety that masks a deeper conformity, the role of the Church is to be the Church."

2016.07.01.

‘Using God’s name to justify violence is blasphemy’

Pope Francis and Bishop of Elphin address the legacy of Paris terror attacks stressing the way of violence & hatred doesn't resolve the problems of humanity.

2015.11.16.

Asia Bibi to appeal

Pakistan Supreme Court gives condemned woman leave to appeal. International pressure led to decision, says British Pakistani Christian Association. "Asia will have to spend more time in jail, but her freedom is now a real possibility."

2015.07.23.

Paris shootings rekindle debate on blasphemy law

Freedom of expression has its limits says Irish Moslem scholar.

2015.01.10.

Cardinal shocked by killing of couple in Pakistan

Lawyer for Shahzad and Shama Masih says young couple were beaten by an angry Muslim mob on Tuesday and then burned alive.

2014.11.08.

Call for Asia Bibi’s safety to be guaranteed

Christian Solidarity Worldwide highlights "spurious grounds of her case, unfair trial proceedings and unjustified solitary confinement she has endured in jail."

2014.10.18.

Court rejects Asia Bibi’s appeal: upholds death sentence

"Justice is increasingly in the hands of the extremists" Pakistani lawyer warns.

2014.10.17.

Appeal for Pakistani Christian opens today

Asia Bibi unjustly accused and sentenced to death for blasphemy.

2014.03.26.

Convention debates place of blasphemy in Constitution

Reference to blasphemy “largely obsolete" according to Irish Council of Churches.

2013.11.03.
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