CASE 42-2018: Supreme Court of Pakistan
Notification on Asia Bibi
1 November 2018
The Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights confirms that the Supreme Court of Pakistan has released the young Christian Asia Bibi, who spent a decade in prison and had been sentenced to death on the charge of blasphemy. This acquittal occurred months after the order made by the Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights, which on January 23, 2018 had ordered her immediate release.
However, the Supreme Court of Pakistan has not complied with the order to declare the criminal law that punishes blasphemy unconstitutional and which is contrary to all human rights conventions signed by Pakistan. This reluctance to annul an inhumane law that violates the right to life, religious freedom and freedom of thought, demonstrates that the Supreme Court of Pakistan continues to actively participate in the Crimes against Humanity for which it was sentenced by the Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights on April 25, 2018, for giving impunity to those who committed serious human rights violations, such as Arbitrary Detentions, Enforced Disappearances, Torture and Extrajudicial Executions, Violation of Women’s Rights and War Crimes.
Finally, the Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights warns that the rights of more than 20 million poor children, mostly women, who do not have access to education due to lack of government investment, are being violated. This is equivalent to sentencing Pakistan’s future generations to ignorance.
With spirit of reconciliation (maitri),
Maestro Maitreya Samyaksambuddha
President and Judge of the del International Buddhist Ethics Committee (IBEC) & Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights (BTHR)