Saved from gallows in Pakistan: Blasphemy laws violate international law
Kelsey Zorzi, Director of Advocacy for Global Religious Freedom for ADF International on Pakistan SC's acquittal of Pakistani-Christian Asia Bibi, who was convicted of blasphemy.
Oct 31, 2018
Kelsey Zorzi, Director of Advocacy for Global Religious Freedom for ADF International on Pakistan Supreme Court's acquittal of Pakistani-Christian Asia Bibi, who was convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death by a lower court in 2010. Zorzi serves as President of the UN NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief at the United Nations’ Headquarters in New York:
“We welcome the decision of the Pakistani Supreme Court to overturn the conviction and death sentence of Asia Bibi. Ms Bibi has been on death row since 2010 after being convicted of blasphemy based on comments she allegedly made related to her Christian faith while drinking water by a well. Blasphemy laws criminalize the exercise of fundamental human rights, including freedom of speech and freedom of religion.
Blasphemy laws directly violate international law. All people have the right to freely choose, and live out, their faith. We, therefore, urge all governments to uphold this right by ceasing enforcement and initiating repeal of their blasphemy laws.