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July 21, 2022   •   

Indonesia’s Plan to Expand Blasphemy Laws Puts Religious Minorities at Risk

Provisions would criminalize not just proselytization but also apostasy or renunciation of religious belief.

January 9, 2020   •   

Lecturer Sentenced to Death in Pakistan for Blasphemy

A university lecturer has been sentenced to death in Pakistan for blaspheming against Islam, drawing international attention to a verdict that independent United Nations human rights monitors have criticized as a “travesty of justice.”

January 25, 2019   •   

Asia Bibi—Not Guilty But Not Yet Free

For nearly a decade “Free Asia Bibi” has been the rallying cry of human rights activists around the world protesting anti-religious extremism in Pakistan. Her case was finally heard by the Supreme Court in October 2018, where she was acquitted for lack of evidence.

January 1, 2019   •   

Anti-Conversion Laws a Concern of the USCIRF

A special report by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom focuses on anti-conversion laws in South Asia.

January 11, 2018   •   

After Nine Years in a Pakistan Prison for Blasphemy, Free at Last

Mohammad Mansha (58) is a happy man today. The Punjab resident is home after serving the last nine years in prison on a life sentence blasphemy conviction on a charge that Mansha had desecrated a copy of the Quran. In late December 2017, a two-judge panel ruled that Mansha was falsely accused.

December 6, 2017   •   

Blasphemy Laws and Their Threat to Religious Freedom

According to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), more than one-third of the world’s countries criminalize blasphemy—speaking ill of things sacred to indigenous religions. In some countries, blasphemy carries a death sentence.