This is about the Asia Bibi blasphemy case which I wrote about two years ago.
Good news: A Pakistani court has overturned the death sentence of a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy, Asia Bibi, who has spent most of the past eight years in solitary confinement.
Bad news: Protests broke out in cities all over the country, and she will have to move to a different country with her family.
This is Pakistani activist Gulalai Ismail, whose group called Aware Girls promotes women’s rights and peace.
Gulalai and Aware Girls have faced a campaign of defamation accusing Gulalai of “blasphemy” and the organization of undertaking “immoral” activities. Her organisation has been subject to much government interference and attempts to shut it down.
Urging people to think critically and respect human rights should not lead to a fine or jail time. Blasphemy is a victimless crime.
Gulalai Ismail will be speaking at a public meeting to promote the removal of blasphemy from Ireland’s laws. This will take place in Buswell’s Hotel, Dublin on the 13th October at 3 pm.
According to very disturbing reports out of Pakistan, Mashal Khan, an activist who called himself “The Humanist” on Facebook and a student at Abdul Wali Khan University in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, was shot and beaten to death by fellow students today after being accused of blasphemy.