Australians to Rally for Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian on Death Row

Christians in Australia will hold a demonstration next week to ask their government to intervene on behalf of Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five who was sentenced to death in 2010 on accusations of blasphemy, as her final appeal hearing is expected this month.

The rally will be held on Oct. 8 at the Parliament House in Sydney, and present a petition to the Pakistani Consulate.

They want diplomatic engagement between the Australian Government and the Pakistani Government to ensure that Bibi has a fair trial and that her family, the judiciary and the legal team representing her are fully protected from any violence from hardline Muslims in Pakistan, according to the British Pakistani Christian Association.

Bibi was sentenced to death in 2010 on allegations of blasphemy after two co-workers accused her of insulting the Muslim prophet Muhammad. In July, Pakistan's Supreme Court set a date in October for the 51-year-old Asia Bibi's final appeal hearing to determine whether she will be executed or not.

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