March 28, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
A Pakistani judge on Thursday sentenced a Christian man to death for blasphemy. Sanitation worker Sawan Masih, whose argument with a friend set off a riot in which an angered Muslim crowd set fire to a Christian town last March, is to be hanged after being found guilty of insulting the prophet ...[read more]
January 24, 2014
by Matthew Pomy
A court in Pakistan on Thursday sentenced 65-year old Mohammed Asghar to death for blasphemy, convicting him of writing letters claiming to be a prophet. Asghar was convicted under Section 295-C of the Pakistani Penal Code, making it illegal to make derogatory remarks about the Prophet Mohammed. ...[read more]
November 4, 2013
by Peter Snyder
The Irish Convention on the Constitution voted Sunday in favor of recommending that the offense of blasphemy in the Irish Constitution be altered and replaced with a new general provision to include incitement to religious hatred. The Convention on the Constitution was established in 2012 by ...[read more]
August 18, 2013
by Blake Lynch
A Pakistani court in Islamabad on Saturday dismissed charges against a cleric who was arrested for allegedly framing a Christian girl, Rimsha Masih, accused of blasphemy. The district court held that the prosecution had not brought forward sufficient evidence to convict. The cleric, Khalid ...[read more]
April 11, 2013
by Jerry Votava
The Russian State Duma on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to a bill that criminalizes negative actions towards religious groups and imposes stiff prison terms and fines on offenders. The legislation criminalizes blasphemy, including the public insulting and humiliating of religious rites and ...[read more]
April 6, 2013
by Julie Deisher
Thousands in Bangladesh on Saturday demanded that the government introduce anti-blasphemy laws, including provisions to prosecute and hang atheist bloggers, in a rally organized by Hefazat-e-Islam, an Islamic group drawing support from thousands of seminaries and allegedly backed by Jamaat-e- ...[read more]
April 5, 2013
by Sarah Paulsworth
The Lahore High Court in Pakistan on Thursday acquitted a Christian man sentenced to death for blasphemy. Younis Masih has been in prison for six years. The charges against him stemmed from a incident in which allegedly interrupted a gathering of Sufi singing to make blasphemous remarks in 2005. ...[read more]
January 22, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
On January 22, 2008, an Afghan court sentenced journalism student Sayad Parwez Kambaksh to death for blasphemy. The panel alleged that Kambaksh's criticism of gender roles in Afghan society insulted Islam, an offense punishable by death under Article 130 of the Afghanistan Constitution. In ...[read more]
January 4, 2013
by Arjun Mishra
On January 4, 2011, Salman Taseer, the governor of Pakistani's Punjab Province, was assassinated by one of his own security guards for his opposition to the country's blasphemy laws. Taseer was a prominent opponent of the laws, which were used to execute a Christian woman in 2010 for insulting the ...[read more]
December 10, 2012
by Brandon Gatto
A report by the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) has found that atheists and other non-religious persons suffer persecution and discrimination all over the world, and that prosecutions of blasphemy have risen along with the popularity of social media. The report, "Freedom of Thought ...[read more]

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