» 04/07/2006, 00.00
N. Russell Sandifer
Even Muslims debate the justice of executing apostates
The case of Abdul Rahman, the Afghan man who converted to Christianity and was subsequently condemned to death, is not only further proof of differences prevailing between the West and Islam; it is also sparking a debate within Muslim society itself.
Government says justice must decide Christian convert's fate
The government has distanced itself from the case of Abdul Rahman, who risks the death penalty for apostasy. Parts of the trial are being broadcast on television. Afghan analysts told AsiaNews: the pressure from integralists is too strong; mullahs still hold sway here. A very long time is needed for change. Meanwhile, the international military presence is crucial to avoid a new civil war.
Iran, a Christian convert to face death penalty for apostasy
Mystery shrouds fate of Iranian pastor sentenced to death for apostasy
The Supreme Court had overturned the decision on the condition of the evangelical leader return to Islam. The sentence for apostasy, not covered by the Code of laws of Iran of political origin.
Islam humiliates religious freedom of Christians and human rights of Muslims. It's time for change
The ordeal of Abdul Rahman of Afghanistan is shared by many converts from Islam and poses the problem of Islam's systematic violation of human rights. If Sharia kills a man who changes religion, it is to be condemned and cannot be the principle inspiring law, in that it destroys any ideal of coexistence and contradicts the UN declaration on human rights, approved in 1948 by almost all Muslim countries.
Death threats against opposition politician
The government is thought to be behind the threats. Called a rabid dog, he criticised corruption and President Saleh.
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