» 03/08/2011, 00.00
PAKISTAN – INDIA
Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who has become the symbol of violence against women in Pakistan
The Pakistani Church and Indian Christians launch an appeal on behalf of the 45-year-old woman sentenced to death for blasphemy. On International Women’s Day, she has become the iconic figure of “the status of women in the country”. A Catholic activist urges the international community and Pakistan’s civil society to “bring about positive changes”.
Lahore: fear and angst among relatives of a woman arrested for blasphemy
Shamim Masih has been in custody for allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad. Local sources say she is being punished for refusing to convert to Islam. Her relatives are keeping silent for fear of retaliation. For Islamabad bishop, this is another case of abuse against Christians using the 'black law'.
14/03/2012 PAKISTAN - UNITED NATIONS
Christian woman arrested for blasphemy as petition goes to UN on Asia Bibi's behalf
Fifty activists and intellectuals make an appeal for her release to the government of Pakistan at the United Nations Human Rights Council. Signatories slam poor prison conditions and abuses based on the 'black law'. Meanwhile, another case unfolds in Lahore where a 26-year-old woman is charged for refusing to convert to Islam.
After Bin Laden’s death, Asia Bibi’s prison security tightened
The president of the Masihi Foundation confirms that security has been tightened around the Catholic mother sentenced to death for blasphemy. Her faith remains strong. She prays and fasts for Pakistan and Pakistani Christians. The “worst type of extremism” is developing in the country.
Candles for Asia Bibi for faith shall set her free, says Islamabad bishop
Prayers and special Masses are being said in Pakistan and around the world for the 45-year-old Christian woman, sentenced to death on blasphemy charges. Meanwhile, Arif Masih and his family are safe; he had been arrested on blasphemy charges and later released. Speaking to AsiaNews, he said he was in good conditions and that he did not experience any violence in prison. Another attack is carried out against a Christian in Mardan.
Asia Bibi prays for freedom but judges are hostage of fundamentalists
Ashiq Masih saw his wife in prison. She is frail but “high in spirit”. Prison guard is suspended for having “hot words” with Asia Bibi as prison security is tightened. The family continues to hope for her release, but judges are threatened by Muslim extremists. Pakistan mourns the death of Begum Nusrat Bhutto.
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