Daily Archives: 08/05/2019

Pakistan/Canada/The Netherlands: Asia Bibi: Christian leaves Pakistan after blasphemy acquittal

May 8, 2019

Asia Bibi

Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who spent years on death row after being convicted of blasphemy, has left the country, officials have confirmed.

Her conviction was overturned last year by the Supreme Court.

She was originally convicted in 2010 after being accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad in a row with her neighbours.

Asia Bibi has always maintained her innocence in a case that has polarised Pakistan.

Pakistani government officials did not reveal her destination, or say when she left.

But her lawyer Saif Ul Malook told CNN she had already arrived in Canada. Some of her family are reported to be in Canada.

Asia Noreen – commonly known as Asia Bibi – was kept at a secret location while arrangements were made for her to leave the country.

The Supreme Court’s quashing of her sentence last October led to violent protests by religious hardliners who support strong blasphemy laws, while more liberal sections of society urged her release.

Since 1990, at least 65 people have reportedly been killed in Pakistan over claims of blasphemy.

Asia Bibi, who was born in 1971 and has four children, was the first woman to be sentenced to death under the blasphemy laws.








https://jang.com.pk/news/637364-asia-bibi-leaves-pakistan (URDU)

https://www.lepoint.fr/monde/la-chretienne-asia-bibi-a-quitte-le-pakistan-08-05-2019-2311315_24.php (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/la-chretienne-asia-bibi-a-quitte-le-pakistan-20190508 (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Affaire_Asia_Bibi (FRANCAIS)

https://www.nzz.ch/international/asia-bibi-aus-pakistan-ausgereist-ld.1480237 (DEUTSCH)

https://www.actuall.com/persecucion/asia-bibi-abandona-pakistan-seis-meses-despues-ser-absuelta-de-la-condena-a-muerte-por-blasfemia/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.repubblica.it/esteri/2019/05/08/news/asia_bibi_lascia_il_pakistan_l_accogliera_il_canada-225739746/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.ad.nl/buitenland/asia-bibi-is-onderweg-naar-canada~a4b9b763/ (NEDERLAND)

https://www.stichtinghvc.nl/nieuws/nieuwsoverzicht/blog-rechtszaak-asia-bibi-update/?fbclid=IwAR2E7cYQC4HagpKL-W0gxcXUrpwLEXZru_gqI9pPNdLpuBN6mXV4pHkBTPY (NEDERLAND)

The Philippines: NUPL to pursue legal action over inclusion in supposed ouster ‘matrix’

May 7, 2019

(In this photo, presidential spokesperon Salvador Panelo holds up supposed proof of journalists and pro bono lawyers conspiring against President Rodrigo Duterte.)

The National Union of People’s Lawyers, whose members were included in a diagram of journalists and lawyers allegedly involved in a plot to oust the president, will file charges over the allegation.

Speaking at a forum at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, NUPL secretary general Ephraim Cortez said the group will not file libel cases because these curtail the freedom of expression, but that charges “will definitely” be filed against government officials involved. He said complaints will also be filed over a newspaper report “exposing” the supposed plot.

Cortez raised that the Philippine National Police had announced an investigation into the supposed plot even before checking whether the “matrix” had basis.

“If evidence so warrants there can always be cases filed against them,” Police Gen. Oscar Albayalde, PNP chief, said on April 23 as he announced the national police would conduct the investigation on its own initiative.

NUPL had previously raised the “matrix” issue before the Supreme Court, saying it bolstered its petition for a protection order against alleged government harassment.

“These malicious statements and dangerous claims, as well as the contrived ‘matrix’ above, baseless and reckless as they are, compel the Petitioners to again seek at this time for the Honorable Court’s protection and reiterate their prayer for a temporary protection order,” it said in its manifestation on April 25.

The Supreme Court announced last Friday that it had issued a writ of amparo and habeas data in favor of NUPL.






Journalists linked to ‘Oust Duterte’ matrix vow to ‘never go down’ 




3 more groups seek writs of amparo

Plotters also out to assassinate Duterte, warns supporter


In Defence of Justice: End Impunity | Event


Lawyers and lawlessness


Open season



https://news.abs-cbn.com/video/news/05/08/19/mga-naglabas-ng-oust-duterte-matrix-balak-kasuhan (TAGALOG)





India: Lawyers On Strike In Bengal, Want Justice After Police Crackdown

May 8, 2019

The army of lawyers, who met Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, sought action against a senior IPS officer, who allegedly had ordered the police to beat Howrah Court advocates, last month.

Lawyers On Strike In Bengal, Want Justice After Police Crackdown

Around 200 lawyers gathered in front of Kolkata’s Raj Bhawan on Tuesday afternoon demanding ‘justice’ from the state governor.

The army of lawyers, who met Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, sought action against a senior IPS officer, who allegedly had ordered the police to beat Howrah Court advocates, last month.

Around 15,000 lawyers across 85 courts in West Bengal have also called for a strike over the alleged attack on them by the police.

Braving the scorching heat Srijit Some, a Howrah Court lawyer who was present at the protest said, “We are here because certain atrocities were committed. The matter is already sub judice by way of a suo-moto PIL before the honourable chief justice.”

“Democracy was destroyed by our state administration on April 24, till today state administration is silent,” another lawyer Shubhajit Bal said.

Thirteen days back a scuffle broke out between the Howrah Corporation authorities and the lawyers of Howrah court over vehicle parking, following which lawyers were “beaten by the police”.


Bengal Lawyers March to Raj Bhavan, Demand Judicial Probe on Howrah Assault

The WB Governor expressed his anguish on listening the true story of Howrah Court Violence.

Lawyers On Strike In Bengal, Want Justice After Police Crackdown


YBAI To Rally Against Brutal Attack On Lawyers At Howrah Court Today




https://eisamay.indiatimes.com/west-bengal-news/kolkata-news/police-attack-on-howrah-lawyers-howrah-court-vandalism-case-today-in-calcutta-high-court/articleshow/69226559.cms (HINDI)

https://eisamay.indiatimes.com/west-bengal-news/kolkata-news/howrah-court-vandalism-case-next-hearing-on-coming-monday-in-calcutta-high-court/articleshow/69230598.cms (HINDI)

https://www.anandabazar.com/state/police-reached-late-to-control-situation-admits-howrah-police-to-court-1.990083 (HINDI)

No photo description available.

UPDATE MAY 10, 2019: The West Bengal Bar Council has extended the strike of Advocates until May 14, 2019 in all West Bengal courts.  The next meeting on the subject will be held on May 14th at 3pm