Stop the execution of this married couple sentenced to death for sending texts.
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Hi

Shafqat and Shagufta, a married couple in Pakistan, have been sentenced to death for sending ‘blasphemous texts’. Shafqat’s lower body is paralysed and he has painful bedsores.  

The couple were convicted of “blasphemy” and sentenced to death in 2014 for allegedly sending “blasphemous” text messages to a cleric. The messages were sent from a phone containing a sim registered in Shagufta’s name. They believe her identity card was deliberately misused.

Thousands of people like you can help save the couples lives by putting pressure on the Pakistani authorities to release the couple immediately and get Shafqat the urgent health care that he needs.

I am incredibly worried about the sharp decline in Shafqat’s health. He is completely paralyzed from the waist down and must rely on prison guards to perform the most basic tasks like leaving his bed and using the bathroom. 

 

Currently held in the Central Jail in Faisalabad, I find it alarming that in March, according to his family, Shafqat was in a coma for three days and he was not taken to the hospital.

 

The couple should not be in prison at all, let alone at risk of execution. 

 

Aasia Bibi, a Christian farm worker, was also sentenced to death for blasphemy. She was released in 2018, after people like you in Australia and all over the world pressure the Pakistani authorities.


You can help save Shagufta and Shafqat’s lives by putting pressure on the Pakistani authorities to release the couple immediately and get Shafqat the urgent health care that he needs.

Rose Kulak, Amnesty International
 

PS. Pakistan’s blasphemy laws do not meet human rights law and standards; they are notoriously vague, and on the basis of little or even no evidence, people like Shagufta and Shafqat face the death sentence. The laws also violate peoples’ right to freedom of religion and freedom of expression. Take urgent action now.

 
 

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