Madrid, Spain, Dec 2, 2010 / 13:04 pm
Representatives of HazteOir.org, a civil rights organization in Spain, have delivered a petition calling for the release of a Christian woman in Pakistan.
Bibi, a 45-year-old mother of four, was convicted of blasphemy against the prophet Muhammad and sentenced to death by hanging in the town of Sheikhupura, near the capital city, Lahore.
Bibi has said she is being persecuted for defending her faith to Muslim co-workers who claimed that Christianity was a "false religion." She was jailed days later, brought to trial and convicted for blasphemy, a crime punishable by death in Pakistan.
Over 60,000 Spaniards signed the petition that was delivered to the country's Pakistani embassy in Madrid on Dec. 2. It calls on Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari to issue a pardon for Bibi.