Asia Bibi is finally out of Pakistan. Her lawyer has told CNN that she is now in Canada, where two of her daughters have already been granted asylum.
The Christian woman was acquitted of blasphemy by the Pakistan Supreme Court last year, but has not been free to leave the country. Instead, she has had to live in safe houses to escape extremists who continue to call for her to be killed.
‘It’s a big day,” Asia’s lawyer, Saif Ul Malook, told The Guardian. ‘Asia Bibi has left Pakistan and reached Canada. She has reunited with her family. Justice has been dispensed.’
Release International has long been campaigning for her freedom and the repeal of Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy laws. Vicky Gibbins of UCB Radio has been speaking to Release’s Andrew Boyd…
Release International is calling for:
- Improved security for Christians in Pakistan
- Charges to be dropped against more than 200 other Christians accused of blasphemy
- The repeal of the blasphemy laws which are used to target the vulnerable