Christian Mom Asia Bibi Sentenced to Death Will Hang for “Blasphemy” Pakistan Appeals Court Says | American Center for Law and Justice
  Search  |  Login  |  Register

ACLJ Profile Completion


Christian Mom to Hang for “Blasphemy”

By Jordan Sekulow1413479512925

An appeals court in Lahore Pakistan has upheld the death sentence for a Christian woman, Asia Bibi, who was convicted of “blasphemy” (speaking against the prophet Muhammad) in 2010.

As BBC News reports:

Asia Bibi was found guilty of making derogatory comments about the Prophet Muhammad during an argument with a Muslim woman.

The Lahore High Court rejected her appeal against the sentence passed by a lower court. Her lawyers have vowed to take the case to the Supreme Court.

Ms Bibi's sentence in 2010 sparked global condemnation.

Two prominent politicians - Punjab governor Salman Taseer and minorities minister Shahbaz Bhatti - were both murdered the following year for calling for reforms to blasphemy laws in the wake of her trial.

Ms Bibi consistently denied the allegations against her, saying they stemmed from an argument with a group of women over a pot of water.

Because she is a Christian, Asia Bibi will hang, the method of execution in Pakistan, over a cup of water.  It’s that outrageous.

BBC News, which broke and covered much of the plight of Meriam Ibrahim, a Christian woman who was recently released from a death sentence in Sudan, has the disturbing details about what spawned this abhorrent conviction:

Asia Bibi's troubles began in June 2009 in her village, Ittan Wali, a patchwork of lush fields and dusty streets.

Hers was the only Christian household.

She was picking berries alongside local Muslim women, when [an argument] developed over sharing water.

Days later, the women claimed she had insulted the Prophet Muhammad. Soon, Asia Bibi was being pursued by a mob.

"In the village they tried to put a noose around my neck, so that they could kill me," she said in a brief appearance outside her jail cell.

Asia Bibi is a loving wife and the mother of five children.  She is reportedly the “first woman sentenced to hang” in Pakistan under its Shariah blasphemy laws.

She was singled out, targeted, and falsely accused of a crime she didn’t commit because she is a Christian.  This cannot stand.

Not only has she been sentenced to death, but she has a price on her head issued by a radical Muslim cleric encouraging the Taliban to carry out her execution.

Her husband and family have suffered for the past two years, fearing for their safety, but with the hope that her conviction may be overturned.  Now that decision rests in Pakistan’s Supreme Court.

At the ACLJ, we’ve been fighting through our international affiliate the European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ) and its partner in Pakistan against these despicable blasphemy laws for years.  We’ve successfully had a number of these outrageous charges thrown out of court.

This vile attack on a Christian wife and mother cannot stand.  Like the case of Meriam, who is now a free woman because the world spoke out with one voice, it’s time for the international community to condemn Pakistan’s barbaric violation of Asia Bibi’s human rights.

She’s done nothing wrong, and these trumped up charges are merely because she is a Christian.  Bibi must be free.  She must not be executed for her faith.

Pakistan Postpones Asia Bibi’s Hearing

By Jordan Sekulow1476365660412

We have just confirmed that Pakistan’s Supreme Court has just postponed the final appeal hearing for Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five who is on death row for her Christian faith. Our international affiliate, the European Center for Law and Justice, through its office in Pakistan was present in...

read more

Emergency Advocacy Letter Delivered

By Jordan Sekulow1476199496322

Asia Bibi, Pakistani Christian and mother of five, is on death row. Pakistan’s Supreme Court is set to hear the final appeal of her case in just two days – Thursday, October 13th. Today, we delivered an emergency letter in support of Asia to Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States. Our letter...

read more

Asia Bibi’s Final Appeal of Death Sentence

By Shaheryar Gill1475858832973

The Supreme Court of Pakistan is finally scheduled to hear Asia Bibi’s case in just five days. Asia, a Christian mother of five, has been in prison for seven years for allegations of blasphemy, facing execution by hanging. Her co-workers alleged that she blasphemed the Prophet Muhammad’s name.

read more

ACLJ Urges Candidates to Address Genocide

By ACLJ.org1475167324707

The ISIS genocide continues. The Obama Administration acknowledged that the atrocities, in fact, constitute genocide but has done little to stop it. This ongoing genocide will be one of the biggest issues facing our next President. The ACLJ, along with over 217,000 Americans, wants to know how the...

read more