Pakistan Stays Death Sentence of Christian Woman Convicted of Blasphemy


Originally posted on TIME:

Pakistan’s Supreme Court said Wednesday it would hear an appeal from Aasia Noreen, popularly known as Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy.

Bibi’s lawyer Saif-ul-Malook said the court had stayed her death sentence until the appeal, Reuters reported.

“The execution of Asia Bibi has been suspended and will remain suspended until the decision of this appeal,” Malook said, adding that a date for her execution had not previously been set.

Bibi was sentenced to death in 2010 under Pakistan’s highly opaque and contentious blasphemy law, over an argument with a group of women who refused to drink the water she offered them because her status as a Christian made it “unclean.” The Muslim-majority country does not explicitly define blasphemy but stipulates the death penalty for acts deemed as such, leading to several instances of what activists say is manipulation of the law to settle personal scores…

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Egypt: Persecution News Update


The link below is to an article reporting on persecution news from Egypt.

For more visit:
http://www.madamasr.com/news/3-christians-detained-distributing-dates-saying-lord-loves-you-0

Indonesia: Persecution News Update


The link below is to an article reporting on persecution news from Indonesia.

For more visit:
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/07/14/yogya-sees-conflicts-over-houses-worship-rise.html

Nigeria: Persecution & Boko Haram News Update


The links below are to articles reporting on persecution and Boko Haram news from Nigeria (the most recent are at the top).

For more visit:
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/07/blasts-rock-market-northern-nigeria-150716174203845.html
http://www.persecution.org/2015/07/17/nigerias-boko-haram-crisis-eid-prayer-blasts-hit-damaturu/
http://www.dw.com/en/buhari-facing-deepening-boko-haram-threat/a-18583218
http://www.businessinsider.com/r-boko-haram-raid-villages-in-nigerias-borno-state-killing-12-2015-7
http://sunnewsonline.com/new/254-killed-in-biromfulani-clash-in-plateau-can-chairman/
http://news.yahoo.com/dozens-killed-boko-haram-raids-ne-nigeria-villages-114800610.html

Sudan: Persecution News Update


The links below are to articles reporting on persecution news from Sudan.

For more visit:
http://www.persecution.org/2015/07/15/defense-refutes-evidence-in-death-penalty-case-of-pastors-in-sudan/
http://www.religionnews.com/2015/07/13/sudan-detains-10-women-wearing-miniskirts-trousers-church/

Nigeria: Persecution News Update


The links below are to articles reporting on persecution news from Nigeria (the most recent are at the top).

For more visit:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/13/us-nigeria-insurgency-attacks-idUSKCN0PN2LC20150713
https://www.worldwatchmonitor.org/2015/07/3924562
http://www.informationng.com/2015/07/fulani-herdsmen-kill-4-in-fresh-taraba-attack.html
http://www.news24.com/Africa/News/Explosives-found-at-church-in-Jos-Nigeria-20150712

Pakistan: Persecution News Update


The links below are to articles reporting on persecution news from Pakistan (the most recent are at the top).

For more visit:
http://www.persecution.org/2015/07/17/last-chance-for-christian-mother-facing-gallows-to-be-decided-by-pakistans-supreme-court/
http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-4-329090-1000-girls-forcibly-converted-to-Islam-in-Pakistan-every-year
http://www.persecution.org/2015/07/14/christianitys-mass-exodus-out-of-pakistan/
http://www.christiantoday.com/article/young.christians.in.pakistan.form.group.to.protect.their.churches.from.terrorist.attacks/58777.htm

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7:7: One Day in London


The videos below are both of the same documentary on the 7:7 2005 terrorist attacks in London. The documentary is a very moving account of people caught up in those terrible attacks ten years ago.

https://vimeo.com/81994794