Immediate and Unconditional release of Pakistani Professor Junaid Hafeez

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"A university lecturer in Pakistan has been sentenced to death for blasphemy. Junaid Hafeez, 33, was arrested in March 2013 and accused of posting derogatory comments about the Prophet Muhammad on social media. Allegations of blasphemy are taken very seriously in Pakistan, and even an accusation is often enough to make someone a target for hardliners. Mr Hafeez's first lawyer, Rashid Rehman, was shot dead in 2014 after agreeing to take on the case. The lecturer has also spent years in solitary confinement, after repeated attacks by other prisoners." 


The death penalty violates the most fundamental human right – the right to life. It is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment. The death penalty is discriminatory. ... An innocent person may be released from prison for a crime they did not commit, but an execution can never be reversed.

"Mr Hafeez is a well educated and sensible person who had studied a Master's degree in the US on a Fulbright Scholarship, specializing in American literature, photography and theater. After returning to Pakistan he took up a lecturer position at Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) in Multan, where he worked until his arrest. Mr Hafeez's current counsel said the verdict was "most unfortunate", and told AFP news agency that they would appeal against the decision."

Report from BBC.

We demand IMMEDIATE AND UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE of Mr. Junaid Hafeez. We urge the Government of Pakistan and the judiciary to adopt progressive approach and realize that every single life is precious and being in authority does not give anyone or any entity, the right to take someone's life. This is the most weak and inhumane way to respond to any situation.