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Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi nominated for Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought

Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi, has been nominated for the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.

She was sentenced to death seven years ago under the country’s blasphemy law.

She was accused of blasphemy after arguing with a Muslim woman who told her she could not drink from the same cup as her because she was an ‘unclean’ Christian.

When Bibi defended her faith she was accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad.

The prize is awarded to those who make exceptional contributions to the fight for human rights, or those who bring attention to human rights violations.

Bibi has been on death row since 2010 and her appeal date at Pakistan’s Supreme Court has been adjourned to a date yet to be set.

Peter Van Dalen, a member of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group in the European Parliament, nominated Bibi for the prize.

She is among six people nominated for the award and the winner will be announced on October 26.

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