Christian Pakistani Woman Appeals Death Sentence

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The Pakistani Christian woman sentenced to death on charges of blasphemy has filed an appeal, while human rights groups also urge for her release.

Asia Bibi's husband delivered the required documents to the High Court of Lahore Nov. 15, according to a cell phone video obtained by The Voice of the Martyrs.

In the video, he called on Christians worldwide to keep his family in prayer.

"Please pray for my wife, asking God to release her soon," he said. "Please spread this news all over the world and appeal for prayer for me, my wife, and our children."

Bibi's blasphemy charges came after she was approached by co-workers wanting to convert her to Islam. She told the women that Jesus died for mankind, and asked what Mohammed had done for them.

Pakistan, a democratic nation of more than 170 million people, routinely targets Christians for the crime of blasphemy.

The human rights group Amnesty International is calling on Pakistani officials to revise its blasphemy laws.

Pope Benedict also urged for Bibi's release.

*Originally published on Nov 19, 2010. 

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