@David_Cameron, Save Muhammad Asghar, Scottish schizophrenic condemned to death in Pakistan for blasphemy
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@David_Cameron, Save Muhammad Asghar, Scottish schizophrenic condemned to death in Pakistan for blasphemy

    1. Petition by

      Caroline Lynch

      Glasgow, United Kingdom

Muhammad Asghar is a 68 year old from Edinburgh, currently resident in Pakistan. He has been convicted of blasphemy following a trial where his legal team were dismissed, and the state nominated replacement presented no evidence in his defence. He is a paranoid schizophrenic with a history of mental illness, a fact very relevant to his alleged crime; declaring himself a prophet. Muhammad Asghar should be helped, not killed. We ask that David Cameron and Alex Salmond intervene in the strongest possible terms, to help save the life of a vulnerable British man.

I am the Chair of the Scottish Secular Society, and started this petition because secularists believe in freedom of speech and faith. We feel that no one should suffer persecution for their beliefs, and blasphemy is an affront to human rights. 

David Cameron has expressed his concern for Muhammad Asghar, that the government is watching the situation carefully. Watching is not enough. Muhammad Asghar must be freed, brought home to Edinburgh for medical treatment and to keep him safe. 

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    1. Reached 30,000 signatures
    2. Muslim groups call for Mr Asghar to be freed

      Caroline Lynch
      Petition Organizer
      High-profile figures plead for blasphemy Scot

      A GROUP of politicians and academics have called for the release of a British man sentenced to death in Pakistan for blasphemy, so that he can receive treatment for mental health problems. In an open letter published in the Independent newspaper, the group raised concerns about Mohammed Asghar's wellbeing and asked the president of Pakistan to intervene.

    3. Reached 25,000 signatures
    4. Alex Salmond's office writes to the SSS expressing concern for Mr Asghar

      Caroline Lynch
      Petition Organizer

      Representatives from the office of Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland, reply to the Scottish Secular Society asking him to intervene in the case of Muhammad Asghar. They express concern for his case and say they are working with the UK government to find a resolution.

      https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=795730583789003&set=a.723020331060029.1073741829.672540649441331&type=1&theater

    5. Reached 5,000 signatures
    6. Family of Muhammad Asghar appeal for help to secure his release

      Caroline Lynch
      Petition Organizer

      “We are really upset and concerned that they will never release him and that he will die in jail. He has already attempted suicide unsuccessfully,” Asghar's family said in their statement.

      “We just want him back home where hopefully he can be treated for and recover from his mental illness.

      “We urge the British Government to intervene and bring him home to us where he will be safe.”

      Please add your voice to that of the family, and sign and share the petition.

      http://www.dawn.com/news/1083330/family-of-blasphemy-accused-briton-appeals-for-help

      Family of blasphemy-accused Briton appeals for help

      ISLAMABAD: The family of a mentally ill British man sentenced to death in Pakistan for blasphemy has urged London to intervene to seek his release. Mohammad Asghar was sentenced by a court in Rawalpindi, near the capital Islamabad, last week for writing letters claiming to be a prophet.

    7. Appeal launched against blasphemy death sentence and conviction

      Caroline Lynch
      Petition Organizer

      An appeal has been launched against both the conviction and death sentence handed to British man Muhammad Asghar. Appeals in Pakistan can take up to 5 years to be heard. Given the interference by the judiciary in his defence during the original court case, we do not have high hopes for a fair hearing. Mr Ashar is a vulnerable man, who is elderly and unwell, and should be returned to Britain immediately.

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-25979022

    8. Reached 750 signatures
    9. David Cameron expresses concerns about the plight of Muhammad Asghar

      Caroline Lynch
      Petition Organizer

      Answering questions in the House of Commons, David Cameron has expressed concerns about the plight of Muhammad Asghar. Mr Cameron said the Pakistani authorities could be in "no doubt about the seriousness" with which Britain viewed developments. Mr Asghar's mental health is reported to be seriously deteriorating, and he is in need of urgent medical help.
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-25948237

      PM 'concerned' about blasphemy case

      The prime minister has said he is "deeply concerned" about a man from Edinburgh who has been sentenced to death in Pakistan. Mohammed Asghar, who has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, was convicted of blasphemy last week. Speaking at Prime Minister's Questions, David Cameron said the UK was taking the case "very seriously".

    10. Reached 500 signatures
    11. Scottish Schizophrenic was denied proper legal representation

      Caroline Lynch
      Petition Organizer
      Death sentence for British pensioner accused of blasphemy in Pakistan

      Accusations of blasphemy are surging in Pakistan, according to an Islamabad-based think-tank, the Center for Research and Security Studies. Many analysts see the claims as score-settling or a front for property grabs. The charges are hard to fight because the law does not define what is blasphemous and presenting the evidence can sometimes itself be considered a fresh infringement.

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    • Andreas Leitl SALZBURG, AUSTRIA
      • 2 days ago

      Todesstrafe ist keine Option!

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    • Síle Reilly DUNDEE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 days ago

      Currently doing research on schizophrenia and auditory hallucinations

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    • Dawn Lewis HEREFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 days ago

      Please help this person, be human, stop his suffering.

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    • Mahmood Anjum KARACHI, PAKISTAN
      • 4 days ago

      Blasphemy

      aw ia not just...

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    • ZULFIQAR HALEPOTO HYDERABAD, SINDH,, PAKISTAN
      • 5 days ago

      i want a plural and secular world for my kids to live in religious sectarian and ethnic harmony and world full of peace and respect for all

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