Demonstrations expected in Italy in support of Christian condemned to death in Pakistan by Muslim law

01/26/2011 19:32

From Europe News

"We welcome with satisfaction and hope Italy's commitment to saving Asia Bibi and to the abolition of the blasphemy law," said Peter Jacob, Executive Secretary of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Catholic Episcopal Conference of Pakistan, on the eve of public demonstrations to be held on January 26 in Rome.

Italian legislators and community organizers will demonstrate their commitment to focusing attention on the plight of Aasia Bibi: a Christian woman now condemned to death for violating Islamic religious law. Jacob said that this is "an example of a country which shows its awareness of the issues of the Pakistani people. Already the interventions by the Holy Father Benedict XVI, the Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs, and the recent resolution by the European Parliament have helped to attract international attention to the case of Asia Bibi. We expect the event of 26 January will serve to raise further awareness: it is a question that touches on human rights, the building of democracy, and the common future of humanity. We hope that this movement may be an example to other countries and that the support is felt by civil society in Pakistan, to counter those forces that seek to polarize society.

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