Pakistan acquits Asia Bibi: A great step, but miles to go, still by Farahnaz Ispahani

Wednesday has been a groundbreaking day for the millions of people both within and outside Pakistan who have worked and prayed for the release of Asia Bibi. Bibi, an illiterate berry picker, was accused and then convicted for allegedly defiling…

NDI: Commitments for Credible Elections Needed to Reaffirm Bangladesh’s Democracy

Saturday, October 13, 2018 Dhaka, Bangladesh – Heading into Bangladesh’s elections for the Jatiya Sangsad (national parliament), a pre-election delegation of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) found that, while Bangladesh has several fundamental elements in place for holding credible elections, including a tradition…

Why Pakistanis must speak up against blasphemy laws By Farahnaz Ispahani

Asia Bibi’s case illustrates how blasphemy laws are used to persecute the weakest of the weak among the country's religious minorities. After a long and tortured eight years, Asia Noreen Bibi — a poor agricultural worker, who has been sitting…