» 10/17/2014, 00.00
INDIA - PAKISTAN
Bishop of Pune: The Asia Bibi death sentence is an affront to the dignity of us all
Msgr. Thomas Dabre comments on the ruling of the High Court of Islamabad, which confirmed the death penalty. The blasphemy laws are "contrary to the human spirit" and "reveal a medieval and obsolete mentality." The prelate calls for the intervention of the international community.
(AsiaNews) - I was
greatly shocked and deeply saddened when the judges decided to uphold the
capital punishment to ..hapless Christian woman, Asia Bibi. In my view it is against
all norms of both humans and international laws , dignity and all laws. Anycase
everybody should be able to follow his/her religion there should be religious
freedom and this in my view is a grave violation
of the freedom to practice one's own religion but one may not be able to see
the connection. I totally condemn this sentence because in my view it is
against all human dignity against all laws not only international laws but all
laws , human rights. It is a violation of human rights.
It is my deep conviction that these laws are
hopelessly against the human spirit and it is betrays a medieval and obsolete mindset it is an abuse of power and authority
to award such sentences and any case such laws are always open to
misinterpretation and abuse on various grounds.
being a Muslim majority nation, where
Christians and those of other religions are a tiny miniscule minorities, t is
all the more incumbent on them to be vary of such accusations of blasphemy. The Pakistan government there should be very
careful in applying such laws and the International community should hold the government of Pakistan accountable. The Pakistan government cannot
disown responsibility of this death sentence
and should overturn immediately the death sentence of innocent Christian
woman Asia Bibi
would expect international authorities and bodies to make the Pakistan
government withdraw this punishment as well as these draconian Blasphemy laws,
which betrays a mindset that are against
present day affirmation of human rights.
the universal church will observe mission Sunday on 19th which is intended to
promote Jesus and his values . Jesus mission was to impart to fullness of life in
all liberties to all humanity, therefore
such an sentence of capital punishment ,
on the dubious grounds of the
application of blasphemy law is contrary to the vision and mission of Jesus
* Bishop of Pune
(with the collaboration of Nirmala
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Pakistani Christian sentenced to death for blasphemy: a campaign like for Sakineh
The Muslim scholar Asghar Ali Engineer accuses the blasphemy law of being un-Islamic and proposes an international campaign. He points his finger at the Pakistani government’s silence and that of many governments around the world. The All Indian Christian Council calls on New Delhi to submit the case to the UN Commission on Human Rights. Among the messages: "Silence is a second death sentence" for Asia Bibi.
Bishop of Islamabad, Asia Bibi case "a disgrace" . A campaign by AsiaNews
Mgr. Rufin Anthony the blasphemy law “must be repealed; it does not fit with 21st century world " Petitions to save Asia Bibi and repeal the blasphemy law in Pakistan, Italy, USA, India, France. Within hours, the AsiaNews site received over 500 signatures. Even cloistered monasteries prayfor Asia Bibi. A text to send to President Asif Zardari.
Christmas in prison for Asia Bibi, sentenced to death for blasphemy
She appears frail, in poor health. Grateful for prayers and calls for help and support, that she may soon return to embrace her husband and daughters. Despite the suffering, Asia has forgiven her captors and wonders how many more Christian victims will fall beneath the specter of the "black law".
Asia Bibi “can be killed anytime,” Pakistani priest says
The fight against the blasphemy law continues in Pakistan. Religious parties and Islamic extremists plan a campaign in favour of the legislation, which the government wants to modify. In a few days, the High Court in Lahore should set a date for the appeal against the death penalty.
Punjab: Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy
For the first time, a woman is sentenced to death in Pakistan for this kind of “offence”. The blasphemy law was introduced in 1986 by then Pakistani dictator Zia-ul Haq and since then it has become a tool for discrimination and violence. Part of the Pakistan Penal Code, the law imposes life in prison for defiling the Qur’an and death for insulting Muhammad.
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During the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis speaks about the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, instituted by Benedict XVI. Chinese Catholics must make a “personal contribution to communion among believers and to harmony in the whole society." AsiaNews Symposium on the Church in China is set for this week. Francis appeals for peace in the Central African Republic, and for loving “one another following the example of the Lord”. For him, “Sometimes conflicts, pride, envy, and divisions leave a blotch on the beautiful face of the Church.” Five new cardinals will be named, including a bishop from Laos.
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