Update on Ongoing Efforts for Christian Mom Asia Bibi’s Release | American Center for Law and Justice
  Search  |  Login  |  Register

ACLJ Profile Completion

Verified

Update on Efforts for Asia Bibi’s Release

By Shaheryar Gill1490733226854

Five months ago, we sent an emergency advocacy letter to Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States, demanding that Pakistan release Asia Bibi—the Christian mother of five currently on death row in Pakistan under false charges of blasphemy. The Government of Pakistan has still not taken any action on her case yet.

Recently, members of our legal team met with Saif ul Malook, Asia Bibi’s attorney in Pakistan, informed him of our international efforts for Asia, and offered any assistance we can provide.

He was incredibly grateful to the more than half a million people from 209 nations and territories worldwide who have demanded Asia Bibi’s freedom through our petition. He assured us that he would pass this information on to Asia Bibi, as he knows it would encourage her.

We discussed – and are working to implement – further ways that we can take legal action on this Christian mother’s behalf. Her only “crime” is her Christian faith, and we have been working for her freedom for years.

Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) carries a mandatory death penalty for uttering derogatory remarks about the Prophet Muhammad.

In 2009, Asia was accused of blaspheming the Prophet Muhammad’s name and a trial court sentenced her to death in 2010. Her conviction was upheld by the High Court, but temporarily suspended by the Supreme Court in July of 2015 until it can hear her appeal.

At the last hearing in October 2016, after granting her request for an early hearing, the Supreme Court of Pakistan adjourned the hearing because one of the Justices on the panel recused himself due to his association with a related case.

On December 31, 2016, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar was elevated to become the new Chief Justice of Pakistan’s highest Court. With this new appointment comes an expectation that the Chief Justice will soon form a new panel to hear Asia’s appeal. The new panel will decide Asia’s fate, which ultimately should be granting her release.

We are preparing a critical legal letter to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, urging the Pakistani Government to make the scheduling of her appeal hearing a top priority and end her persecution by overturning her conviction.

We will continue to provide you with updates on this critical case. Asia Bibi has been in prison for almost eight years and forced to sit on death row for over six years merely because of her Christian faith. We will not stop advocating across the globe until she is released. We ask that you continue to pray for Asia Bibi and support our efforts on her behalf.

To join the fight and our advocacy, sign our petition below.

Save Asia Bibi from Execution

Persecuted Church  Signatures

LOGIN

Receive the latest news, updates, and contribution opportunities from ACLJ.

$20
$40
$60
$120
$240
Make this a monthly tax-deductible gift.

We’re mobilizing our offices worldwide to fight for Christian mom Asia Bibi’s freedom. Support our work and have your gift DOUBLED today. Have your gift doubled through our Matching Challenge.

Email Address is required.
First Name is required.
Last Name is required.
Credit Card Number is required.
Verification Code is required.
Expiration Month is required.
Expiration Year is required.
Save this card for future donations.
Enter a password to create an account or login to ACLJ.org‏ (Not Required)
Receive the latest news, updates, and contribution opportunities from ACLJ.


Please encourage your friends to sign and donate by sharing this petition.

ISIS is the Greatest Threat to Religious Freedom

By ACLJ.org1503065726394

A staggering “ 80 percent of the global population live with restrictions on or hostilities to limit their freedom of religion.” On Tuesday, the Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, used this striking statistic to introduce the State Department’s 2016 International Religious Freedom (IRF) Report .

read more

Sec. Tillerson Calls for Release of Pastor Andrew

By CeCe Heil1502823789045

Today – the 313th day of American Pastor Andrew Brunson’s wrongful imprisonment in Turkey because of his Christian faith –the State Department released a report on International Religious Freedom , highlighting Pastor Andrew’s plight. Although the report analyzes freedom violations across the...

read more

Britain’s PM Responds to ACLJ Letter on Genocide

By ACLJ.org1501773394967

Systematic, savage, and stark – these words vividly describe the reign of terror dominating the expanding genocidal landscape of ISIS-infected regions. It is eminently clear that ISIS is intentionally targeting Christian and other religious minority communities for extermination. The systematic...

read more

ACLJ Demands “Deep” State Department Records

By Jordan Sekulow1501523077639

Last week we told you about an alarming report that Obama holdovers at the State Department were scrubbing official records and speeches to remove any mention of the ISIS genocide against Christians, which the State Department has since denied. Today, we are following through with action. We just...

read more