Save Asia Bibi – Letter to the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

Save Asia Bibi – Letter to the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

You can Copy and paste this email and send it to all of these email addresses:

InfoDesk@ohchr.org

Press-Info@ohchr.org

nationalinstitutions@ohchr.org

civilsociety@ohchr.org

dexrel@ohchr.org

 

You can also copy and paste this email and send it to media outlets, other human rights organizations, your local MPs, ministers, prime ministers and presidents. The more noise we make, the better chance we have of saving this innocent woman.

 

Subject: Save Asia Bibi

 

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United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights – The Honorable Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein

Office of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights
Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

Re: Save Aasiya Noreen (AKA: Asia Bibi)

Dear Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein:

We the signers of the petition linked below humbly ask you to immediately address the egregious infringement of Asia Bibi’s human rights in Pakistan. As you are probably aware, Asia Bibi is a Pakistani Christian woman on death row in Pakistan for allegedly committing the “crime” of blasphemy, which is stipulated in Pakistan’s Penal Code under Section 295-C, which states:

‘295-C: Use of derogatory remarks etc., in respect of the Holy Prophet: – who ever by words, either spoken or written, or by visible representation, or by any imputation innuendo, or insinuation, directly, defiles the sacred name of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) shall be punished with death, or imprisonment for life and shall also be liable for fine’.

Notwithstanding the fact that the evidence against Asia Bibi is hearsay and dreadfully flimsy at best, this inhumane law is not merely a means by which the state enforces cruel and unusual persecution against religious minorities as a whole, but it expressly trespasses upon Asia’s human rights as upheld by Articles 18 and 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1976), which grant the following human rights to citizens of parties to this international covenant:

Article 18

  1. Everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right shall include freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice, and freedom, either individually or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in worship, observance, practice and teaching.
  2. No one shall be subject to coercion which would impair his freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice.

Article 19

  1. Everyone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference.
  2. Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice.

 

Pakistan formally ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1976) on June 23, 2010 and is therefore bound by international law to protect all of its citizens’ human rights in these regards.

Our petition has the support of global celebrities such as Ricky Gervais and well-known public figures such as Dr Lawrence Krauss, Dr Sam Harris, Saudi prisoner of conscience Raif Badawi’s wife, Ensaf Haidar, as well as numerous other notable international figures. We also ask that you address the core problem behind the infringement of Asia Bibi’s human rights – namely – Pakistan’s inhumane and discriminatory blasphemy law, which, as stated above, is in direct violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1976).

 

We thank you for your time and hope that you give this matter the attention that it so desperately deserves.

 

Sincerely,

 

The Signers of the Petition to Save Asia Bibi: https://www.change.org/p/united-nations-urgent-save-asia-bibi-from-imminent-execution-for-blasphemy-in-pakistan-sign-share

 

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