Left to right: Christian mother of five, Asia Bibi, sentenced to death in 2010 for blasphemy; Shafqat and Shagufta Masih, Christian husband and wife sentenced to death for “sending blasphemous text messages” in 2014; Sawan Masih, 26-year-old Christian father of three sentenced to death in 2014 for blasphemy.
Death by hanging. That’s what four Christians sitting on Pakistan’s death row today are facing, simply for their faith in Jesus.
In Pakistan, the “crime” of blasphemy against Islam or the Prophet Muhammed can be leveled at almost anyone without any evidence. The result of such an accusation is often anarchy and destruction. In 2013, an enraged mob of thousands of Muslims attacked a Christian neighborhood in Lahore after one Christian man was accused of blasphemy. Over 100 Christian homes were torched in the rioting and thousands fled for their lives. The Christian accused of blasphemy, Sawan Masih, was sentenced to death in 2014.
Last month, Pakistan established a new “fast-track” court to deal with victims who had been unjustly accused of committing blasphemy. Sunni Muslim cases where the only cases moved over to the fast-track program. Today, we’re calling on Pakistan to move ALL blasphemy cases, and especially those of religious minorities, into this new fast-track system. Christians and others often spend years languishing in prison, facing abuse and death threats, waiting for the court system to process their cases. 21 Christians, and dozens from other faiths, have been murdered since 1981 after being accused of blasphemy before they could even get to trial. Fast-tracking these cases could see them set free in a matter of weeks.
Take just a moment now and let your voice be heard on behalf of those who have lost their freedom for their faith. Sign our petition, and urge the government of Pakistan to fast-track the cases of blasphemy victims.
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“Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people.”– Isaiah 58:6 (NLT)