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U.S. takes backseat in offering Asia Bibi asylum

International | Rumors swirl of pending release of the Christian mother acquitted of blasphemy in Pakistan
by Mindy Belz
Posted 11/14/18, 10:34 am

PAKISTAN: A U.S. official involved in religious freedom issues told me Tuesday he was “not sure” whether the United States was making any efforts to offer asylum to Asia Bibi, the Christian mother exonerated of blasphemy charges two weeks ago by Pakistan’s Supreme Court but prohibited from leaving the country. Three British imams joined calls for the UK to offer asylum, as rumors swirl this week of her impending release.

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Fake images of Bibi fuel hostility in Pakistan

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/12/18, 11:31 am

Pakistani Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Monday slammed fake images showing Asia Bibi, a Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy charges, outside the country. The Supreme Court of Pakistan last month overturned her 2010 death sentence, saying prosecutors failed to prove she violated the Pakistani law prohibiting blasphemy against the state religion of Islam. Islamists staged mass protests calling for her death and filed a petition challenging her acquittal. One of the images in circulation on social media showed Bibi meeting with Pope Francis.

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Protesting propaganda

Persecution | At the UN Human Rights Council, demonstrations as China claims Uighurs enjoy ‘colorful and meaningful’ lives in re-education camps
by June Cheng
Posted 11/09/18, 04:49 pm

As Western countries accuse China of indefinitely detaining 1 million Uighurs in its Xinjiang region, China continues to defend its action as a counterterrorism measure that has been misconstrued for “politically driven” reasons.

“This protects the human rights of the vast majority, while also saving these people,” Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng said on Tuesday at a review by United Nations Human Rights Council. “It’s another important contribution of China to the global counterterror field.”

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