» 12/06/2013, 00.00
PAKISTAN - ISLAM
Sharia court rules blasphemers can only be punished with death penalty
The Federal Sharia Court accepts lawyer's petition claiming that the death penalty, not life in prison, is the only punishment in blasphemy cases. Under Nawaz Sharif, it is "dark times" for minorities. For many activists and NGOs, Islamisation progresses in the country. Paul Bhatti notes that poverty must be the "priority" through "employment and investment to boost development."
An 80-year-old Ahmadi man arrested for blasphemy
Police in Kabeer wala arrest the old believer, charging him with ripping and throwing pages of the Qur‘an on the ground.
Christian charged with blasphemy released
Despite his newly found freedom, Yousaf Masih's life is still at risk. He is in hiding to avoid Islamists' threats. Islamic political parties still call for his death, whilst minority rights activists announce a national campaign against the Blasphemy Law.
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Activists against the death penalty in Pakistan: 425 people hanged in less than two years (VIDEO)
Yesterday was World Day against the Death Penalty. More than 20 human rights activists demonstrated peacefully in front of the Lahore Press Club against dismal prison conditions and executions of people who committed their crime when they were under age.
Beijing chooses lethal injection for death penalty : “its more humane”
The country has no intention of abolishing the use of capital punishment. According to leading Party figures, there are at least 10 thousand executions per year. And a florid trade in the organs of the condemned.
Pakistani Church against death penalty for cyber terrorists
The law signed by President Zardari includes the possibility of the death penalty for those found guilty of terrorism using the internet and computers. The justice and peace commission warns the government: "brutal punishments cannot correct or redeem our society." Criticism also from the human rights commission: this increases distrust of the judicial system.
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