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Petition: Free Pakistani Christian Woman Set For Execution

Petition: Free Pakistani Christian Woman Set For Execution

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Asia Bibi, Christian mother, faces death following false allegation of blasphemy in Pakistan. Ironically Pakistan is running for a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council. A country that kills its citizens for their religious beliefs shouldn't be allowed to be part of the U.N. Human Rights body.

03/14/2012 Pakistan (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.

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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."

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  • Joe

    Sister Bibi and Pastor Yusef from Iran, seem to be at the forefront in terms of representing the face of the persecuted church. We must seize the momentum and present them as two sides of the same coin. Perhaps the media silence can be broken. I believe it is starting to break. Slowly but surely. In Jesus Name may it break for His glory.

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  • http://twitter.com/KirkB1 Kirk B

    Pakistan wants on the U.N. Human Rights Council so that it can advocate against "Islamophobia" and censor free speech against Islam while denying equal rights to non-Muslims in Pakistan.

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