July 16, 2014
by Addison Morris
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 against Islam on walls. Ali's lawyer argued that his client was mentally insane, ...[read more]
June 3, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Three independent UN human rights experts on Monday urged Pakistan to adopt urgent legislation to put an end to faith-based killings and protect the country's Ahmadiyya Muslim community, whose faith is currently outlawed. The call follows a resurgence of violent attacks in Pakistan targeting ...[read more]
May 14, 2014
by Max Slater
Police in the Pakistani province of Punjab on Tuesday filed charges of blasphemy against 68 lawyers for protesting police actions. Last week several dozen lawyers, mostly from Pakistan's Shiite minority, staged a protest against a high-ranking police official for detaining and beating a lawyer ...[read more]
March 28, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
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 in which an angered Muslim crowd set fire to a Christian town last March, is to be hanged after being found guilty of insulting the prophet ...[read more]
January 24, 2014
by Matthew Pomy
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 under Section 295-C of the Pakistani Penal Code, making it illegal to make derogatory remarks about the Prophet Mohammed. ...[read more]
November 4, 2013
by Peter Snyder
The Irish Convention on the Constitution voted Sunday in favor of recommending that the offense of blasphemy in the Irish Constitution be altered and replaced with a new general provision to include incitement to religious hatred. The Convention on the Constitution was established in 2012 by ...[read more]
August 18, 2013
by Blake Lynch
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 that the prosecution had not brought forward sufficient evidence to convict. The cleric, Khalid ...[read more]
April 11, 2013
by Jerry Votava
The Russian State Duma on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to a bill 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 and ...[read more]
April 6, 2013
by Julie Deisher
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- ...[read more]
April 5, 2013
by Sarah Paulsworth
The Lahore High Court in Pakistan 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 in 2005. ...[read more]

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