PAKISTAN – IRD Rejoices Over Asia Bibi Acquittal, Concerned for Pakistani Christians

Juicy Ecumenism | Oct, 31. 2018

Asia Bibi

Washington, DC—The Institute on Religion and Democracy is rejoicing over news of Pakistan’s Supreme Court overturning the death penalty conviction of Aasiya Noreen, commonly known as Asia Bibi, a Christian Pakistani woman falsely accused of blasphemy against Islam.

Bibi has been imprisoned in a Pakistani jail since 2010. She was arrested after her Muslim neighbors accused her of defiling a water bucket and insulting the prophet Muhammed during a dispute. Pakistan is notorious for its strict blasphemy laws used to ban any criticism of Islam and to infringe on the human rights of its religious minorities.