Take a Stand For Pakistan
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Under the Pakistani Code 295 B and 295 C, it states that anyone who descretes the Quran or defiles the name of the Prophet Mohammad is punished with death or life imprisonment. From 1990-2011, there were over 50 cases "where blasphemy suspects were either extra judicially murdered or died in jail.", according to BBC reporter Mohammed Nafees.
These are some of the examples of how the Pakistan blasphemy laws have made themselves prominent through the deaths of many. In July 2009, Rao Zafar Iqbal, a Pakistani Hindu activist and human rights lawyer, received death threats for his defense of minority religions. He received a threatening letter that came from two men. He filed a complaint with police which was later refused and very soon after he was shot to death. After his death, on the 4th of August, an announcement in the Daily Pavel stated that his death was justified because it was seen as “legitimate” as his death did “a service to Islam.”
Asia Bibi is an example of a person unjustly forced into hiding. She was involved in an argument with a group of Muslim women in 2010. After their accusations, she was charged and imprisoned. Later, she was sentenced to death in November 2010. Asia and her family have been in hiding ever since.
The latest common blasphemy injustice act in Pakistan is the murder of Mashal Khan, a 25-year-old who was falsely accused of blasphemy and was beaten before being shot and mutilated. This was later taken to court and in all 57 people were put on trial in connection with the murder, including fellow student Imran Ali, who knew the victim well and pleaded guilty to shooting him. Police determined there was no evidence Mashal had committed blasphemy. This case in particular shows that because this blasphemy law was put into place people started to think that they can take justice into their own hands, hence the usage of blasphemy for personal vendettas.
Help us stand for peace and justice for Mashal, Asia, and all those who suffered and continue to suffer from the cruelty of blasphemy laws in Pakistan.
Don't let humanity continue to oppress the worlds' minority religions.
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