Asia Bibi is the first female to ever be convicted of anti-Muslim ‘blasphemy’ in Pakistan. The sentence? Mandatory death. The Catholic mother of a poor bricklaying family, Asia Bibi claims she did not say whatever anti-Muslim words some of her fellow citizens feel make her worthy of death. Can lots of local activism save her?
For over a decade over 50 Islamic states have tried to integrate blasphemy laws into international law. As part of an activist campaign to reveal what such laws actually mean, Freedom House has a new 138-page whopper on the litany of human rights violations that blasphemy laws often lead to, from detention and torture to gender-based discrimination.