Case 04-2015: ISIS
LEGAL WARNING to the Supreme Court of Pakistan
Dear Supreme Court of Pakistan, as a result of the sentence of death penalty signed in 2010 against sister Asia Bibi, who is the mother of two girls, for blasphemy against Islam, the Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights, on January 23, 2018, points out the fact that the Pakistani law supporting this conviction constitutes an unconstitutional law because it is a Violation of the International Human Rights Law, especially for breaking the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) adopted by the UN and signed by Pakistan, violating the right to life, the right to freedom of religion and the right to freedom of thought and expression.
Although the government of Pakistan has the right to maintain an Islamic Law system, however, the country has no right to violate International Law through illegitimate and fundamentalist laws which are totally the same ones as the homicidal system practiced by ISIS. While Asia Bibi was condemned to death penalty after rejecting an attempt of forced conversion to Islam, there are elements to require their immediate release due to violation of due process, but also the Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights states that there are deep elements to declare as unconstitutional and unconventional the shameful Pakistani law that creates the death sentence for blasphemy, being a law that violates human rights and establishes an oppressive system similar to the ideology of ISIS.
Accordingly, it is contested that these kinds of laws do nothing but attract and strengthen the ideology of ISIS, whose movement is growing in Pakistan. If the Supreme Court of Pakistan does not want to see the same thing happening in its country such as what ISIS did in Syria and Iraq, then it should annul the death penalty for blasphemy, having the duty to immediately release Asia Bibi and the rest of those imprisoned for this illusory infraction. In case of keeping this kind of medieval, immoral and inhumane laws in Pakistan Crimes against humanity by systematic illegal incarcerations will not only be committed, but will also be kept the ideology from which ISIS was born, enabling this terrorist guerrilla to grow until being able to get political power in Pakistan, access the nuclear bombs that the country possesses and endanger the lives of hundreds of millions of human beings around the world.
In conclusion, the Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights appreciates that the Supreme Court of Pakistan has not yet executed Asia Bibi, although it also considers that her imprisonment is totally illegal and violates human rights, so that her immediate release is ordered within the next 5 days, as well as it orders the annulment of the death penalty law for blasphemy suffered by many illegally detained persons. The deadline to notify compliance with this urgent request made by the Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights will be 5 days. In case of failure to comply with this requirement the Supreme Court of Pakistan will be investigated and brought to trial for possible Crimes against humanity, among other charges.
With a spirit of reconciliation (maitri),
Master Maitreya Samyaksambuddha
President and Spiritual Judge of the International Buddhist Ethics Committee (IBEC) and Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights (BTHR)