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It all began a year and a half ago, with a quarrel over a bowl of water. A group of women farm workers were suffering in the heat near a village in Pakistans Punjab province. Aasia Noreen, an illiterate 45-year-old mother five, offered them water, but was rebuffed. Noreen was a Christian, they said, and therefore her water was unclean - sadly, a common taunt hurled at Pakistan's beleaguered Christians. But rather than swallowing the indignity, she mounted a stout defense of her faith.
Word of the exchange swiftly filtered through the village of Ittan Wali, in Sheikhupura district. The local mullah took to his mosque's loudspeakers, exhorting his followers to take action against Noreen. In a depressingly familiar pattern, her defense of her faith was twisted into an accusation of blasphemy, according to her family and legal observers familiar with the case. As a frenzied mob pursued her, the police intervened, taking her into custody. But far from protecting her, they arrested and charged Noreen with insulting Islam and its prophet. And on Nov. 8, after enduring 18 months in prison, she was sentenced to death by a district court, making her the first woman to suffer that fate.
Dear Ambassador Rice: I wish to express my deep concern regarding the arrest and false imprisonment of Asia Bibi, a Christian wife and mother in Pakistan who has been detained since June 2009 for the alleged crime of blasphemy. Ms. Bibi has recently been sentenced to death by hanging for this offense. The laws prohibiting blasphemy in Pakistan often result in the abuse and unjust persecution of religious minorities, particularly Christians. False allegations, lengthy detention periods before trial, and physical assaults during incarceration are just some of the human rights violations that are carried out against citizens who have been accused of this crime. In addition, the failure of the Pakistani government to intervene in these cases and to protect the rights of accused citizens has encouraged extremist groups and individuals to continue in these unlawful acts. In response to these concerns, I respectfully request that the United Nations urge the Pakistani government to enforce safeguards that will ensure the human dignity and religious freedom of every citizen. In light of this enforcement, the government must repeal Asia Bibi's sentence of death for the crime of blasphemy and call for her immediate release from prison. Thank you for your attention in this urgent matter.
Originally posted by sonofliberty1776
reply to post by mayabong
The only reason? Seriously? Not because of honor killings? Not because of strapping bombs on your young men and women? Not because of your "right to beat your wives" as long as it is not in the face? Not because of the way they treat women as property? Seriously? I could go on.
(CNN) -- Attackers gunned down an elderly Christian couple late Sunday inside their Baghdad home, the latest in a string of religious-rooted violence that has spurred international outcry and a full-court press for justice from Iraqi authorities. Gunmen broke into the couple's residence in Baladiyat, a predominantly Shiite area in eastern Baghdad, during the night and shot them dead, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official said.