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PAKISTAN: Pervaiz Masih Acquitted

A Pakistani lower court acquitted a Christian of blasphemy after a three-year trial – for lack of evidence against him. Normally blasphemy cases are passed along to higher courts. However, on 19 January, a lower court judge accepted the application for acquittal, though allowing the

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PAKISTAN: Asia Bibi Blasphemy Acquittal Upheld

Pakistan’s top court has rejected a challenge to the acquittal of a Christian woman on blasphemy charges. The Supreme Court upheld its decision to overturn Asia Bibi’s conviction and death sentence. She was originally convicted in 2010 after being accused of insulting the Prophet Mohammed

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Asia Bibi Freed. Acquittal Upheld

Voice of the Martyrs, along with our partner Release International welcomes the decision by Pakistan Supreme Court to uphold acquittal of Asia Bibi. Calls for Pakistan to protect Asia and Christian minority, review cases of 200 other Christians behind bars and repeal blasphemy laws. ‘We are

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PAKISTAN: Asia Bibi Living Like a Prisoner

Three months after her acquittal of a blasphemy charge, Asia Bibi is still living like a prisoner, hiding from angry mobs in Pakistan who want her dead. A friend of Bibi who wasn’t identified has stated that the Christian mother of five ─ who was

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ALGERIA: Christian Acquitted of Blasphemy Charges

An Algerian Christian farmer from a Muslim background was acquitted of blasphemy charges on 30 December. This farmer became a Christian in 2013 and his wife’s family discovered his conversion. Because of their threats, the farmer moved his family to another province where he began

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PAKISTAN: Asia Bibi Marks Nine Years Since Arrest

This month marks the ninth anniversary of the arrest of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death for allegedly committing blasphemy in Pakistan. The case against Bibi remains the highest profile blasphemy case in Pakistan and has claimed the lives of two prominent Pakistani

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PAKISTAN: Chief Justice to Hear Asia Bibi’s Appeal

There is a mixture of hope and scepticism among Pakistani Christians with the latest development in the case of Asia Bibi who was sentenced to death for blasphemy in 2009. The Chief Justice of Pakistan’s Supreme Court, Mian Saqib Nisar, stated on 21 April that

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INDONESIA: Evangelist Arrested on False Charges

Well-known Christian apologist and former Muslim Abraham Ben Moses was arrested on the evening of 5 December 2017, after authorities learned of a video in which he questions Muhammad’s teachings and shares the Gospel with a Muslim taxi driver. The 53-year-old evangelist, from Tangerang, Java,

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PAKISTAN: Asia Bibi Remains in Prison, in Good Spirits

Asia Bibi, a Christian mother, was convicted of blasphemy after a co-worker accused Bibi of insulting the prophet Mohammed. While she maintains her innocence, an accusation of blasphemy is enough to warrant the death penalty in Pakistan. Asia’s conviction has brought international attention to the

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Baptism by Fire

For James and his colleagues, it was going to be a trial by fire and the big question was, “would they come through this fiery experience without the smell of smoke on their clothes?” James has a home church of about 50 believers. At a

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PAKISTAN: Mentally Ill Christian Man Held in Jail

A Pakistani Christian man with mental health issues who was arrested on the day of his son’s funeral has been charged with blasphemy and is being held in custody. Iqbal Masih, 65, who is a retired father of nine, and is from Fazlia Colony, Lahore,

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PAKISTAN: Misuse of the Blasphemy Law

Members of a Pakistani parliamentary committee have said it is necessary to prevent the misuse of the blasphemy law. Last Thursday the chairwoman of the Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights, Senator Nasreen Jalil, said innocent people have suffered and been wrongly accused of blasphemy.

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PAKISTAN: Pray for Zafar

Our brother Zafar is facing the prospect of spending the rest of his life behind bars in Pakistan over false accusations of blasphemy. Zafar Bhatti, who is being held in Adyala Jail in Rawalpindi, was sentenced to life imprisonment in May, after he was accused

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PAKISTAN: Death Threats Against Teenager

Five Christian families in rural Pakistan have gone into hiding after death threats were made against an 18-year-old because of his alleged blasphemy against Islam. Sonu Arshad, who lives in the remote village of Sukheki, 200km north of Lahore, belongs to one of the families

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PAKISTAN: Death Penalty for Alleged Blasphemous Message

A Pakistani Christian man has been sentenced to death after he was accused of sending a Muslim friend a blasphemous WhatsApp message. On 10 July last year, Yasir Bashir accused Nadeem James of sending him a poem that included derogatory remarks against the Prophet Mohammed

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PAKISTAN: Forced to Confess ‘Blasphemy’

An angry Pakistani mob almost killed a 16­-year-old Christian boy – who is completely illiterate and also slightly mentally challenged – for allegedly burning the pages of a Koran. He was then apparently forced to confess to the alleged crime, and is now in custody

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