Asia Bibi
30 January 2019

France wholeheartedly supports Asia Bibi's acquittal and is willing to welcome her

Pakistan's Supreme Court has dismissed the petition against the acquittal of Asia Bibi in October 2018.
 
Last October, Asia Bibi, who had been sentenced to death in November 2010 for blasphemy following a row with her neighbours, was acquitted.

On 29 January 2019, Pakistan's Supreme Court has dismissed the petition against this acquittal, so upholding last October's ruling.

This decision is good news, which can only bring joy and relief to all those who have lobbied so hard in Asia Bibi's favour, not least in France.

We all now hope that Asia Bibi will swiftly be able to resume living a peaceful life, in safety, wherever she decides to settle.

Talks are ongoing with our European and international partners as well as with the Pakistani authorities, whose sovereignty we fully respect. France is willing to welcome Asia Bibi and her family should they wish to come here.

For, worldwide, France defends the freedom of religion and the freedom of opinion and expression. These are fundamental rights recognised by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the 70th anniversary of which was celebrated at the end of last year.

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