Repeal Pakistan's Blasphemy Law
  • Petitioned Imran Khan

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Tehreek-e-Insaf
Imran Khan
Co-Chair, Pakistan Peoples Party
Asif Ali Zardari
Chair, Pakistan Muslim League
Nawaz Sharif's PML-N

Repeal Pakistan's Blasphemy Law

    1. Tarek Fatah
    2. Petition by

      Tarek Fatah

      Toronto, Canada

The Pakistan Penal Code prohibits blasphemy against any recognised religion, providing penalties ranging from a fine to death.

An accusation of blasphemy commonly subjects the accused, police, lawyers, and judges to harassment, threats, and attacks. An accusation is sometimes the prelude to vigilantism and rioting.

Calls for change in the blasphemy laws have been strongly resisted by Islamic parties. Prominent figures like Salman Taseer (the former governor of Punjab) and Shahbaz Bhatti (the Federal Minister for Minorities) have been assassinated for their opposition to the blasphemy laws.

In August 2012, a 14-year old Christian girl with Down Syndrome, Rimsha Masih was jailed after a Muslim mob beat her on the framed up charge of burning the Quran.

Another Christian woman Afia Bibi languishes in jail as no one dare take up her defence for fear of being killed by jihadi goon squads.

Several sections of Pakistan's Criminal Code comprise its blasphemy laws.

§ 295 forbids damaging or defiling a place of worship or a sacred object.
§ 295-A forbids outraging religious feelings. § 295-B forbids defiling the Quran.
§ 295-C forbids defaming the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

Except for § 295-C, the provisions of § 295 require that an offence be a consequence of the accused's intent. Defiling the Quran merits imprisonment for life. Defaming Muhammad merits death with or without a fine.

§ 298 states: Whoever, with the deliberate intention of wounding the religious feelings of any person, utters any word or makes any sound in the hearing of that person or makes any gesture in the sight of that person or places any object in the sight of that person, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine, or with both.

§ 298-A prohibits the use of any derogatory remark or representation in respect of Muslim holy personages.

§ 298-B and § 298-C prohibit the Ahmadiyya from behaving as Muslims behave, calling themselves Muslims, proselytising, or "in any manner whatsoever" outraging the religious feelings of Muslims. Violation of any part of § 298 makes the violator liable to imprisonment for up to three years and liable also to a fine.

Between 1986 and 2007, Pakistani authorities charged 647 people with blasphemy offences. Fifty percent of these were non-Muslims, who represent only 3% of the national population.

No judicial execution for blasphemy has ever occurred in Pakistan, but 20 of those charged were subsequently murdered.

This petition demands that the blasphemy law and all its provisions, including all sections of 295, must be repealed and abrogated. In addition, all people imprisoned under this medieval section of the Pakistan Criminal Code must be set free.

Sincerely,

Tarek Fatah

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. Rimsha Masih is free!

      Tarek Fatah
      Petition Organizer

      Sisters and brothers,

      The good news is that Rimsha Masih has been freed from jail and flown to a secret location to protect her from jihadi vigilantes.

      The bad news is that the Blasphemy Laws that got us into this dangerous mess in the first place, are still intact.

      We need to re-double our efforts to ask the Islamic poltical parties in Pakistan to abandon their support for these medeival laws.

      Please share this petition with freinds and family and ask them to sign it. They owe this to themselves and stand counted.

      Cheers,

      Tarek

    3. Court grants bail to Rimsha Masih, but is she free from jail?

      Tarek Fatah
      Petition Organizer

      ISLAMABAD: An additional sessions judge granted bail to a Christian girl accused of blasphemy, in a case that has sparked an international outcry.

      Judge Muhammad Azam Khan ordered the release of Rimsha Masih, who was arrested in a poor Islamabad suburb on August 16 accused of burning papers containing verses from the Quran. “I accept her bail application,” Khan announced to a packed courtroom. “The bail application has been accepted against two sureties of Rs500,000 each.”

      Campaigners stepped up calls for her release after police on Saturday arrested a cleric for allegedly tampering with the evidence.

      His deputy and two assistants said Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Chishti tried to bolster the case against the girl by planting pages from the Koran among the burnt papers that were brought to him.

      More here:
      http://tribune.com.pk/story/432956/court-reserves-ruling-in-rimsha-case-report/

    4. Reached 250 signatures
    5. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Nicholas McNamara AUSTRALIA
      • 9 months ago

      Immoral, Irrational punishment, and rejection of freedom of speech and expression based on differences of religion, faith, upbringing and culture.

      People must not fear expression against beliefs, theories or preconceptions. If Charles Darwin had not challenged the church we would not have Origin of Species after all, And maybe modern science would have faced a repression of rationality and curiosity that might've cast darkness of the truth behind life and it's mysteries, and denied the world the technology that has forever improved the quality of life, such as modern medicine, electricity or communications.

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 9 months ago

      In the name of Islam and Sharia law, this cult continues to commit horrendous crimes against humanity. The barbarity and scale of their crimes is on the same scale as the Nazi holocaust. Yet, they are permitted to hide behind the religious tolerance universally accepted in the civilized world.

      The immoral doctrine of Sharia law justifies and indoctrinates its followers to commit and incite crimes against Women, Non-Muslims, Gay People to name just a few.

      Young girls are a particular target of abuse by Muslim men, who travel abroad to “marry” pre-adolescent and adolescent girls before they reach the age of consent, only to divorce them a day or two later after abusing them.

      Cruel and unusual punishments such as amputating hands and arms, not to mention heads is common practice in the lawless lands where Sharia permeates.

      Like the perpetrators of other crimes against humanity, believers in Islam have destroyed the peace and tranquility of the Middle East, North Africa, and are spreading their sickness worldwide must be brought to trial and held responsible for their barbaric crimes. Islam is becoming firmly entrenched in the U.S.

      While Valentine’s Day was being observed around the world, in Afghanistan, husband of Nafisa, cut off her ear and nose and put hot water on her small child. The inhuman act was carried in Herat Province in the Western Afghanistan on Feb.14, 2008.Muslims commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide. . Banaz had been strangled with a shoe lace at her family home in Morden, south London, just hours before she was burried , Southwark Crown Court heard.Her only crime was to divorce her first husband from an arranged marriage and fall in love with another man.

      HUMAN & SEX TRAFFICKING -- Where is the Left’s moral indignation about the Isamic-Arab racism against, and enslavement of African blacks? Islamic Slavery in Sudan.

      Muslims rape Hindu women and chop them into pieces.

      Acid attack is common in Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Afghanistan, Nepal, Cambodia, and a few other countries. Men throw acid on us because men are angry with us for ending relationships and for refusing sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, proposals of marriage, demands for dowry. They throw acid on us for attending schools, for not wearing Islamic veils, for not behaving well, for speaking too much, for laughing loudly.

      Sharia in action in Somalia: Somali woman and journalist arrested for reporting rape.

      SaharGul--- 15-yr-old forced to marry her rapist who then forced her into prostitution. when she ran away, she was beaten, her finger nails removed with pliers, her ear burned, starved for weeks and imprisoned in her home. The gov't. sent her back to her in-laws. The cult of peace strikes again!!!

      ISLAM incarnate. There are crazy angry people who do crazy things over love no doubt. In this case The 4TH wife (and a child) of this muslim pervert pissed him off so severely while she slept that he obtained acid and poured it on her face. Look around any dominate muslim cultures. It is easy to conclude they can't stand nice things.

      Seventeen year old Neela is one of more than 2,700 victims of acid attacks in Bangladesh over the past 10 years >>> "My husband was angry because he claimed a dowry, but my family couldn't provide one. His plan was to sell me in Saudi Arabia. When I refused, he threw acid on me and he fled," she says.

      ranian female student in Mashahd/IRAN was caught with a can of beer, she was jailed for 6 days, raped 29 times by 7 islamic security forces and was given 80 lashes !!! OH YEAH, THIS IS A REAL PEACEFUL RELIGION!!!!!!!!

      130 Million women have undergone female genital mutilation Disturbing Facts For Women Of The World. Stop Sharia Law and stop the US government from sending taxpayer money to the Muslim Brotherhood.

      Muslims committing 95% of rapes against Norwegian women.

      A young Norwegian woman, Marte Deborah Dalelv (24), was raped in Dubai. She did what any reasonable person might do: she went to the police. Instead of getting the help she needed, she was put on trial. Her crime was being the victim of rape. She has now been convicted of having sex outside of marriage and sentenced to 18 month in prison - in Dubai.

      Real War on Women! 15 girls burn to death when religious police refuse to let them exit the building, due to not being veiled. Mecca.

      Afghan Mullah Marries, Kills 8-Year-Old Girl on Wedding Night .

      A very young Three Muslim Men have been convicted today of abducting a 13-year-old girl and forcing her to become their sex slave. Ipswich, England:

      A very young woman was raped and became pregnant. When she told the authorities she was asked to provide 4 witnesses. End result? They executed her in Iran while she was 2 months pregnant.

      "The Caged Virgin" by Ayaan Hirsi Ali - She has escaped radical Islam only to find her horrific story ignored by feminists, law enforcement, and governments in the name of tolerance. She's written a report in the current Newsweek about the slaughter of Christians in the Middle East - also practically being ignored by the powers that be. She lives in hiding because of threats on her life.

      Origin of islam, the worst racist/sexist hate crime ever against humanity

      Islam is today OIC and OIC is the worst threat to Human Rights! Racist/sexist "our god told us" evolved in Mideast from slaves to slave masters. When slavery was abolished by Enlightenment from the West, islam continued its original parasitism. History proves 1400 yrs of islamic slavery/genocides is the worst crime ever against humanity. Klevius criticism in Demand for Resources is the world's first needs/wants analysis that, unlike Marx, Popper etc, doesn't rely on "primitivist" prejudice.

      The evil of Sharia islam is what makes it incompatible with Negative Human Rights (i.e. why islamic OIC violates Human Rights by replacing them with Sharia, hence excluding women and non-muslims from equality). The evil of islam and its origin may be easier to grasp with historical examples, e.g. the Origin of the Vikings.

      It's racism and sexism even if proposed by a "god"! Klevius altruistic virtual volunteering for the world community in defense of Universal Human Rights . Yes, I know, it's unfair. Klevius vs islam, i.e. Universal Human Rights vs Sharia (OIC) racism/sexism! Of course Klevius will win. The question is just how long we should allow the dying beast to make people suffer. (Negative) Human Rights is not a ”Western” invention! It’s where you end up when you abandon racism and sexism, idiot! After you have abandoned islam! Your confused islamophilia and ignorance about Human Rights make YOU an accomplice to islam's crimes! Whereas Human Rights work as egalitarian and universal traffic rules (no matter who you are or what you drive you have the same rights as everyone else) islam/Sharia differs between muslim men and the rest (women and "infidels")!

      Ask yourself, why can't racist islam (OIC) accept Human Rights? The answer reveals the difference between totalitarianism and freedom. And even if everyone converted to islam we'd still have Sharia sexism.

      Have you noticed that when the history of slavery is (PC) debated islam is always excluded/excused? Atlantic slave trade and Roman slaves are eagerly mentioned while the world's by far worst, longest and most extensive one is blinked, as is the fact that islam not only sanctions slavery but is itself built on slavery and sex slavery (rapetivism)! The core idea of islam is the most thoroughly elaborated parasitism ever, i.e. what in 1400 yrs has made it the by far worst crime ever. But thanks to islamic teachings muslims are kept extremely ignorant about the evil origin of islam (institutionalized parasitism based on slave finance, rapetivism and pillage). Ohlig: The first two "islamic" centuries lie in the shadows of history. Klevius: There was no islam or islamic Mohammad (that's why the Saudis have levelled Mohammad's "grave" etc), only the evil murdering, pillaging and raping Aramaic-Arabic Jewish("Christian") led illiterate Arab thugs chasing for booty and sex. The "success" of this formula became later institutionalized and codified as a one way (Koran/Sharia) moral excuse (Allah) for further racist/sexist genocides. The bedrock and currency of this system was racist slavery. However, with Enlightenment the new idea of individual (negative) Human Rights emerged (incl. abolishing of slavery) and were, much later (1948), written down in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights according to which everyone is equal no matter of sex, beliefs etc. Just like in traffic! But unlike traffic rules no one really seems to care about guarding our most precious asset as human beings. Instead racist sexist islamofascism (OIC and the Cairo Sharia declaration) is protected by Human Rights while they strive to undermine and eventually destroy these Human Rights! And most people don't seem to get it. Always remember, there is no islam without Human Rights violating racist/sexist Sharia. So a "vote" for Sharia-islam is AGAINST democracy and the freedom part of Human Rights!

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    • Ahsan Nabi Khan LAHORE, PAKISTAN
      • about 1 year ago

      SIGN the Petition: We are close to success. We need 34 more signatures.

      http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/european-union-urge-early-release-of-blasphemy-victims-in-pakistan#

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    • Joel Green AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 year ago

      In support of free speech.

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    • Daud Aron Ahmed KøBENHAVN, DENMARK
      • over 1 year ago

      Its my freedom.

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