Musings of a Recovering Lutheran: Update on Asia Bibi
O LORD, God of my salvation,
         I have cried out day and night before You.
Let my prayer come before You;
         Incline Your ear to my cry. 

Psalm 88:1-2 (NKJV)

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Update on Asia Bibi



With Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani due to arrive in a week for an official visit of the UK, Foreign Secretary William Hague released the 2011 Human Rights and Democracy.

Key quote:

On the case of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death on blasphemy charges, the report said that there remains “considerable concerns regarding the integrity of the case against her, the fairness of her trial, and her safety and treatment in prison.”

I have mixed feeling about this report. On the one hand, it is good that Asia Bibi has not been forgotten, and her treatment in prison is of concern to the British government. But the part in the report about "the integrity of the case against her, the fairness of her trial" is deeply disturbing. Is the British government conceding that being tried for "blasphemy" is now an acceptable legal procedure, providing certain safeguards are met? And if so, what possible safeguards could any civilized nation propose to make such trials "fair"?

Meanwhile, the online petition calling for mercy for Asia Bibi can still be found here.

For those who do not know who she is, here is the story about Asia Bibi's unjust imprisonment and death sentence for "blasphemy" against the Prophet Muhammad.

Please continue to pray for Asia Bibi and her family.

1 comment:

Robin said...

Thank you for keeping us updated. Will be praying. Received VOM news magazine today and cried as I read of those suffering for the Gospel. God help America to awaken.