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Legal News
2 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The new military courts established in Pakistan sentenced six Islamic militants to death on Thursday and a seventh to life in prison for their involvement in terrorism. A military spokesman said [Reuters report] the seven men were convicted of "heinous offenses" including terrorism, murder, suicide bombing, kidnapping for ransom … [read more]


Legal News
22 Mar 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Pakistani authorities have postponed the execution of an inmate convicted as a minor, a decision welcomed [press release] Friday by a group of independent UN human rights experts. Authorities are conducting an investigation into the age of Shafqat Hussain, who may have been as young as 14 when he … [read more]


Legal News
20 Mar 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] A judge in Pakistan's Lahore District and Sessions court [official website] on Friday sentenced Liaquat Ali to death for blasphemy. Ali was arrested in 2012 on accusations of blasphemy by a Mughalpura area prayer leader. Traditionally, Pakistan's blasphemy laws [text] made it a crime to insult religious beliefs or … [read more]


Legal News
9 Mar 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Pakistan's Islamabad High Court [official website] on Monday rejected an appeal by Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, the man convicted of assassinating the liberal governor of Pakistan's Punjab province Salman Taseer for his opposition against the nation's blasphemy law [text; JURIST news archive]. The governor, in his opposition, was expressing … [read more]


Legal News
29 Dec 2014
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The Islamic State (IS) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] executed 1,878 people in Syria over the past six months, reported [press release] the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) [official website] on Sunday. Of those killed, 120 were members of IS who were foreign fighters trying the leave … [read more]


Legal News
17 Oct 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Pakistan's Lahore High Court [official website] on Thursday upheld the death sentence for Aasiya Noreen (better known as Asia Bibi), who was convicted of blasphemy in 2010. Bibi, a Christian woman, was alleged to have insulted the Prophet Mohammed [CNN report] while working in a field with several Muslim … [read more]


Legal News
7 Sep 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Egypt's top prosecutor on Saturday ordered the arrest of seven men who appeared in a video [video] of what is said to be the country's first same-sex marriage. The men have been accused of inciting debauchery and spreading a video that violates public morals. In a statement the prosecutor's … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jul 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A Pakistan court on Tuesday sentenced to death a man convicted of insulting the Prophet Mohammed in violation of the nation's blasphemy laws. Zulfiqar Ali was arrested in 2008 for writing blasphemous statements [DAWN.com report] against Islam on walls. Ali's lawyer argued that his client was mentally insane, emphasizing … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jun 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Three independent UN human rights [official website] experts on Monday urged [press release] Pakistan to adopt urgent legislation to put an end to faith-based killings and protect the country's Ahmadiyya Muslim [BBC profile] community, whose faith is currently outlawed. The call follows a resurgence of violent attacks in Pakistan … [read more]


Legal News
14 May 2014
by Max Slater

[JURIST] Police in the Pakistani province of Punjab on Tuesday filed charges of blasphemy [JURIST news archive] against 68 lawyers for protesting police actions. Last week several dozen lawyers, mostly from Pakistan's Shiite minority, staged a protest [NYT report] against a high-ranking police official for detaining and beating a lawyer … [read more]


Legal News
28 Mar 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A Pakistani judge on Thursday sentenced a Christian man to death for blasphemy. Sanitation worker Sawan Masih, whose argument with a friend set off a riot [NYT report] in which an angered Muslim crowd set fire to a Christian town last March, is to be hanged after being found … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jan 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] A court in Pakistan on Thursday sentenced 65-year old Mohammed Asghar to death for blasphemy, convicting him of writing letters claiming to be a prophet. Asghar was convicted [Al Jazeera report] under Section 295-C of the Pakistani Penal Code [text, PDF], making it illegal to make derogatory remarks about … [read more]


Professional Commentary
20 Jan 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Ali Dayan Hasan of Human Rights Watch says that the judicial template adhered to by Iftikhar Chaudhry, the former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, should not be followed by future jurists...Former Parkistan Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, who retired on December 11, 2013, … [read more]


Legal News
4 Nov 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Irish Convention on the Constitution [official website] voted Sunday in favor [press release, PDF] of recommending that the offense of blasphemy in the Irish Constitution [text, PDF] be altered and replaced with a new general provision to include incitement to religious hatred. The Convention on the Constitution was … [read more]


Legal News
3 Oct 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] The Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Wednesday arrested the chief justice of the country's constitutional court for allegedly accepting over USD $250,000 in bribes. Akil Mochtar was elected as chief justice for a five-year term which began in August, and the money confiscated from Mochtar's house was said … [read more]


Legal News
18 Aug 2013
by Blake Lynch

[JURIST] A Pakistani court in Islamabad on Saturday dismissed charges against a cleric who was arrested for allegedly framing a Christian girl, Rimsha Masih, accused of blasphemy. The district court held [AP report] that the prosecution had not brought forward sufficient evidence to convict. The cleric, Khalid Chishti, accused the … [read more]


Legal News
11 Apr 2013
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] The Russian State Duma [official website, in Russian] on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to a bill [142303-9 materials, in Russian] that criminalizes negative actions towards religious groups and imposes stiff prison terms and fines on offenders. The legislation criminalizes blasphemy, including the public insulting and humiliating of religious rites … [read more]


Legal News
6 Apr 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Thousands in Bangladesh on Saturday demanded that the government introduce anti-blasphemy laws, including provisions to prosecute and hang atheist bloggers, in a rally organized by Hefazat-e-Islam, an Islamic group drawing support from thousands of seminaries and allegedly backed by Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) [party website, in Bengali; GlobalSecurity backgrounder]. The protest … [read more]


Legal News
6 Apr 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] A court in Pakistan ruled [judgment, PDF] on Friday that election officials must refrain from asking irrelevant and intrusive questions of candidates for public office. Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah of the Lahore High Court [official website] issued the ruling in the wake of Returning Officers, who are primarily … [read more]


Legal News
5 Apr 2013
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] The Lahore High Court in Pakistan [official website] on Thursday acquitted a Christian man sentenced to death for blasphemy. Younis Masih has been in prison for six years. The charges against him stemmed from a incident in which allegedly interrupted a gathering of Sufi singing to make blasphemous remarks … [read more]

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