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A ‘positive development’ in Pakistan

International | Asia Bibi decision proves religious freedom protections are possible in the country
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/30/19, 09:48 am

PAKISTAN: Christian mother Asia Bibi—held for nine years—is free to go after the Supreme Court upheld its acquittal from the death penalty conviction for blasphemy against Islam. Bibi, who watched from a secret location as the decision was announced, is expected to join her daughters in exile in Canada.

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Asia Bibi free to leave Pakistan

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 1/29/19, 10:17 am

The Pakistani Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the acquittal of Asia Bibi, the Catholic woman and mother of five sentenced to death in 2010 for blasphemy against Islam. The high court dismissed a petition asking it to review its Oct. 31 acquittal of Bibi and send her back to death row. Tuesday’s ruling finally clears Bibi to leave the country and seek asylum elsewhere.

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Indonesian Christian governor freed

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/24/19, 11:11 am

Indonesian authorities on Thursday released a former governor who had nearly completed his two-year prison sentence on charges of blasphemy against Islam. Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, the first Christian leader of the capital district of Jakarta, left a paramilitary prison in the city, spokesman Sakti Budiono confirmed.

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