Tag: blasphemy law

Pakistan: Islamic groups threaten Supreme Court judges ahead of Asia Bibi ruling

Originally published in World Watch Monitor Radical religious groups in Pakistan have called for mass protests and threatened the judges of the country’s Supreme Court in Islamabad ahead of their ruling in the blasphemy case of Christian woman Asia Bibi. The hardline Islamic party, the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP), threatened the […]

Asia Bibi marks nine years since arrest for blasphemy in Pakistan

Originally published in Persecution.org Yesterday (June 19 2018) marked the ninth anniversary of the arrest of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death for allegedly committing blasphemy in Pakistan. The case against Bibi remains the highest-profile blasphemy case in Pakistan and has claimed the lives of several prominent Pakistani […]

Asia Bibi nominated for EU’s prestigious Sakharov prize

Originally published in Assist News Service Pakistan’s most famous Christian prisoner, Asia Bibi, has been nominated for the European Union’s high-status award, the Sakharov Prize. Bibi, a mother-of-five, who is currently behind the bars waiting for a hearing of her appeal against capital punishment, was nominated by a group of […]

Jailing of Christian governor for ‘blasphemy’ pushes Indonesia towards radical Islam

Compiled from reports (see below) Indonesia’s highest profile Christian politician is tonight in a prison cell, sentenced to two years for blasphemy, and the country’s reputation for pluralism and religious tolerance is in peril. The district court where the verdict was announced was surrounded by radical Islamist mobs calling for […]

Christian governor accused of blasphemy for quoting Quran

Originally published in Christian Examiner. Jakarta’s once-popular Christian governor – an anomaly in a predominantly Muslim nation – may be charged with blasphemy for quoting the Quran in what hardline Muslims deemed a “disrespectful” manner. The charge against Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (known as “Ahok”) comes as the capital province is preparing […]

Blasphemy laws focus of US State Department’s religious freedom report

A brief overview of the US State Department’s 2015 International Religious Freedom Report Originally published in World Watch Monitor The following are a selection of news stories covered over the past three months that highlight the extent of the suppression of religious freedom: Algerian Christian gets maximum sentence for ‘blasphemy’ Chinese […]