Saturday, January 01, 2011

Blasphemy law protests in Pakistan

The Independent, January 1, 2011

AP

Businesses shut down and buses stayed off the streets in many parts of Pakistan yesterday as thousands rallied against changing the country’s controversial laws against blasphemy. 
In one major city, police used tear gas to disperse demonstrators who pelted them with stones.

Pakistan’s long-standing law against blasphemy gained new attention in November when a Christian woman, Asia Bibi, was sentenced to death for allegedly insulting Islam’s Prophet Mohamed.

She is believed to be the first woman condemned to die under the statute, and her plight has caused outrage among human rights activists and Christian organisations who say the blasphemy laws are too often abused.

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