» 04/08/2013, 00.00
Bangladesh, Prime Minister: No to a law against blasphemy
Interviewed by the BBC, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that the country is "a secular democracy" in which "everyone has the right to practice their religion." For days, supporters of the Islamist party have been calling for a blasphemy law that prescribes the death penalty for those who offend Muhammad and Islam.
Islamic extremists send death threat to19 bloggers and intellectuals
The first name on the list, already deleted in red ink, is that of the blogger killed not even a week ago. The others are writers, sculptors, activists, but also several politicians. Anonymous Catholic source: "The radicals must learn tolerance from other religions."
Islamic extremists claim the right to kill ten intellectuals and bloggers
Fundamentalist group ‘Al Qaeda Ansarullah Bangla’ has released a list of future victims, and sent a copy to each of them. Security has become an emergency in the country where three critics of Islam have already been hacked to death. “I don’t’ feel safe,” says Catholic blogger.
Teacher arrested for having a copy of a book by Taslima Nasrin,
Police found a copy of Lajja (Shame), in the school library. The famous novel banned since 1993 for "blasphemy". Forced to flee death threats since 1994, the author comments: "This arrest proves that Bangladesh is not a democracy but a totalitarian regime."
Muslim lawyer against manipulation in blasphemy cases
The "presumption of innocence and burden of proof on the prosecution" must be maintained. Since the introduction of the law in 1986, almost 900 people have been accused; the norm is often used to "strike minorities".
Christian women attacked, publicly humiliated in Lahore based on false blasphemy accusations
Victims are now in a safe place because of the danger of more violence. A mob of angry Muslims beat and humiliated the two women, who are mother and daughter. The incident was triggered by a domestic dispute between them and the Muslim wife of their son and brother. A Pakistani priest says that unless there is separation between state and religion, Pakistan will slide into civil war.
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