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Saved from death row, still in danger – Parliamentarians worldwide support Asia Bibi

Summary

  • More than 230 parliamentarians sign open letter to Pakistani Prime Minister
  • Bibi’s life in danger every moment she remains in Pakistan

VIENNA (13 November 2018) – More than 230 parliamentarians have signed an open letter to the Pakistani Prime Minister. They urge the government to secure safe passage from the country for Asia Bibi and those under threat because of her acquittal. Sources indicate that she has not yet been allowed to leave the country and that western nations are reluctant to grant asylum.

“After all that Asia Bibi has endured, we are alarmed to learn that European governments seem reluctant to grant asylum at this critical hour. Bibi’s life is clearly in extreme danger and no-one could be more deserving of refuge. We are grateful for the more than 230 parliamentarians from different countries and across the political spectrum who have raised their voices in support of, and in solidarity with, Asia Bibi. We urge the Government of Pakistan to secure Bibi’s and her family’s safe exit from the country,” said Paul Coleman, Executive Director of ADF International, a global human rights organization.

We are grateful for the more than 230 parliamentarians from different countries and across the political spectrum who have raised their voices in support of, and in solidarity with, Asia Bibi.

International pressure mounts

After spending eight years on death row, Asia Bibi’s conviction was overturned in a recent decision by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. She had been accused of blasphemy for allegedly making derogatory remarks about Islam. In response to the Supreme Court decision, there were violent demonstrations by fundamentalists calling for her execution. Bibi and her family are in immediate danger of mob-violence and open death threats.

The parliamentarians write: “We urge in the strongest possible terms the Government of Pakistan to guarantee safe passage for Asia, her family, and any of those under threat due to their part in the decision to acquit her, to any country that accepts them.” They emphasize the importance of “the rule of law and the fundamental human rights to freedom of religion and expression.”

Find the letter here

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