Posted on Oct 31, 2018
MEPs have welcomed the decision by Pakistan's Supreme Court to overturn the death sentence of Asia Bibi who was convicted of blasphemy in 2010.
Asia Bibi was accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad in an argument after her co-workers refused to share a cup of water with her because she was a Christian. She was later arrested for blasphemy and sentenced to death.
After the ruling the Supreme Court said: "she was free to go, if not wanted in connection with any other case".
UK Conservative Human Rights Spokesman, Charles Tannock MEP, was among those who greeted the move.
On Tuesday, he said: "The world has stood with Asia Bibi and I am pleased that after years of increasing pressure from the international community she will now be freed.
"Today's judgement brings Asia Bibi and her family's long wait for justice to an end and I hope that they now receive the protection they need.
"I am proud of the work Conservative MEPs have done in campaigning for Asia Bibi's release. However, this is not the end of the story. Many others across the globe are persecuted for their faith. The international community needs to uphold and protect freedom of religion."
Conservative MEP Sajjad Karim, a long-standing campaigner for Asia Bibi's case to be concluded, said: "I am pleased to see that this case has now reached a conclusion after a long eight years of court battles. It is now imperative that Asia Bibi and her family are placed in an environment where they are safe and securely protected forthwith.
"I strongly encourage the UK to show support in this most deserving case and offer to provide an opportunity for Asia and her family to settle in the UK.”
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