Asia Bibi, a wife and mother in Pakistan, spoke out in defense of her Christian faith when Muslim coworkers mocked her and tried to force her to embrace Islam. She was later convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to be executed. She is in jail today, waiting to hear the high court’s decision on her appeal.
In Pakistan, more than 150,000 Christians have signed a petition demanding justice for persecution victims, including Asia Bibi. Now you can join your voice to theirs by signing an online petition at www.CallForMercy.com. The Voice of the Martyrs has set the goal of gathering one million signatures from around the world on behalf of our sister Asia. VOM will deliver the petition, along with the list of signers, to the Pakistani Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Visit www.CallforMercy.com to add your name to the list, then invite your friends to also sign their names. Pray God will answer the prayers of Asia’s young daughters, Isha and Isham, and allow them to be reunited with their mother.
Every signature is a call for mercy. Visit www.CallForMercy.com now.
For those in bonds,
The Voice of the Martyrs
“May 1, 2011…one of the most unforgettable days in recent history. It was the day when the United States announced to the world that special military forces successfully carried out the assassination of Osama bin Laden, the FBI’s most wanted terrorist, in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
His death has been considered an enormous victory for America’s decade-long war on terror. And while many believe that al-Qaeda may be plotting retaliation against the United States, there are millions of individuals overseas who are also at risk of becoming the victims of more ruthless attacks: minority Christians.
Many Christians in Pakistan have already suffered greatly in recent months, and more trouble may be coming their way as a result of bin Laden’s death. These believers, who already endure relentless harassment, physical abuse, and imprisonment, may experience greater persecution in the coming weeks and months simply because they are perceived by radical Islamists as being affiliated with the “Christian” West, or the United States…”Read more here
“I am living for my community and suffering people, and I will die to defend their rights.” -Shahbaz Bhatti Wednesday, March 2, 2011 Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Minority Affairs was assassinated. An advocate for minorities Bhatti was outspoken, bold and fearless in protecting their rights. Among his life accomplishments Bhatti received the International Religious Freedom Award for rendering services to the Christian community, becoming the first Pakistani to receive this prestigious award. Bhatti had defied death threats since the assassination of Punjab Gov. Salman Taseer on Jan 4. Taseer was killed for supporting Asia Noreen, the first Christian woman sentenced to death in Pakistan on blasphemy charges. Bhatti was Pakistan’s only cabinet-level Christian and was in charge of a committee to amend the law against blasphemy. In this compelling video recorded several months ago Bhatti conceded that he was “the highest target right now” but vowed to continue his work and trusting his life to God…” full story here
“Human rights advocates and concerned individuals worldwide have spoken out on behalf of Asia Bibi, the 45-year-old Christian wife and mother who earlier this month became the first woman in Pakistan to be sentenced to death on blasphemy charges.
Bibi has been imprisoned since June 2009, after she was accused of allegedly insulting the Prophet Mohammed while attempting to share her faith with several Muslim co-workers, who had been pressuring Bibi for months to convert to Islam.
Even as Bibi’s lawyers began working to overturn the verdict, her death sentence shocked thousands of people around the world — including Pope Benedict and even Muslim scholars — who have called for her release through online petitions and official appeals to the Pakistani government. The law of blasphemy that has kept Bibi in prison for the past 15 months has been widely criticized as being a tool to promote oppression and discrimination against religious minorities, particularly Christians, in Pakistan.
According to reports from CNN and The New York Times, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari will likely pardon Bibi after completion of a full investigation by Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistani Minister for Minority Affairs…”full article here