Group Urges UN Action to Free Pakistani Christian

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Fifty human rights activists from around the world are calling on Pakistan to free Asia Bibi, an imprisoned Christian mother sentenced to death for blasphemy.

The group presented a signed petition this week to the United Nations Human Rights Council urging leaders to put pressure on the country.

French journalist Anne-Isabelle Tollet is among those seeking justice for Bibi.

"Asia Bibi is innocent, but the Paksitani government does nothing in fear of reprisal," Tollet explained. "By refusing to act and to impose reforms, the Pakistani government becomes the accomplice for the fundamentalists."

A Pakistani court found Bibi guilty in 2009 of defiling the prophet Mohammed. She has been imprisoned since then, and her case is on appeal.

The petition describes the poor conditions she's facing, including a "windowless cell, where she can touch both walls by stretching out her two arms."

CBN News met with Bibi's husband and daughters late last year.  They asked people to pray for Bibi's safe return home.

Pakistan's blasphemy laws enact harsh penalties for anyone who speaks against Islam.

Bibi was first reported to authorities after an argument with two Muslim co-workers about her religion.

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