11 Muslim Member States Urged by Activists to Abolish the Death Penalty for Blasphemy

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11 Muslim Member States Urged by Activists to Abolish

  • News by AUN News correspondent
  • Friday, October 21, 2022.
  • AUN News – ISSN: 2949-8090

Summary:

  • Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) members, 11 out of 57, still uphold the death sentence for blasphemy and apostasy, which silences their citizens and encourages violence by non-state actors.

  • During our recent visit to the UN headquarters in New York, we learned that Article 18 of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights had prohibited the death penalty for religious offences for the previous 70 years.

  • However, 11 States still impose the death sentence for blasphemy and apostasy today.

  • The OIC majority has recognised the right to freedom of religion or belief, and the holy book defends that right as the moral standard for the laws in OIC member countries.

  • With the resounding backing of the 46 OIC states and other human rights defender nations in the coming days, the inclusion of language promoting international religious freedom in both resolutions calling for the abolition of the death penalty will be enhanced.

Dr. Christine M. Sequenzia, MDiv, is co-chair of the IRF Campaign to Eliminate Blasphemy and Apostasy Laws. Soraya M. Deen, Esq. is a lawyer, a community organizer, and the founder of Muslim Women Speakers. She is also co-chair of the International Religious Freedom (IRF) Women’s Working Group.

Analysis by: Advocacy Unified Network

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