The Supreme Court of Pakistan today upheld the decision to throw out the false blasphemy charges against Asia Bibi.
Voice of the Martyrs Board Chair Dr. Hyun Sook Foley issued the following statement:
“We are delighted that the Supreme Court has stood firm over its principled and courageous decision to throw out the false blasphemy charges against Asia Bibi. Anything else would have been giving in to extremism and handing Pakistan over to mob rule.
The government of Pakistan must now follow the lead of its Supreme Court and do the right thing. The government must guarantee the safety of Asia and her family, it must safeguard the Christian minority against mob reprisals by stepping up security against any suggestion of rioting and violence, and it must urgently review the case against every other prisoner who has been accused and jailed for blasphemy.
Release partners in Pakistan say there are 218 other Christians who face blasphemy charges – a disproportionate number of those accused. And when they are accused, individuals, families and entire communities face violence at the hands of vigilantes.
In the Asia Bibi case, the Supreme Court revealed what Release has been saying for years, that accusations of blasphemy can be malicious and built on lies, simply to settle scores. These blasphemy cases – and the blasphemy law itself – must now come under review.”