Gender Identity: male
Current Location: Sialkot District Jail
Faith: Christian – Unspecified/Other
Health Concerns: Mental Disability
Sentence Extended: No
Awaiting Sentence: Yes
Reports of Torture: No
Pre Trial Detention: Yes
Date of Detainment: March//2019
Current Status: Not Released
Religious Leader: no
Most Recent Type of Abuse: Detainment
Stephen Masih is imprisoned for blasphemy-related offenses.
In March 2019, Masih was arrested after being accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad. According to reports, the accusation stemmed from a dispute Masih had with a neighbor. Following the accusation, a mob gathered outside of his home, attacked him, and set the home on fire.
In June 2019, Masih was formally charged with "insulting the Prophet Muhammad" (Sec. 295-C) three months after his arrest.
According to the Jubilee Campaign, there have been 42 court hearings regarding Masih's case, with zero evidence being made public of Masih's wrongdoing.
On August 5, 2021, the Session Court in Sialkot denied Masih's request for bail. His next request for bail will be held with the Lahore High Court.
There are concerns Masih faces threats of violence in prison. Likewise, prison authorities have reportedly not provided him with adequate medical care. He suffers from a mental disability.
USCIRF Commissioner Anurima Bhargava, Tweet, October 22, 2021
The Voiceless Victims of Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws International Christian Concern
"Pakistan: Christian on blasphemy charges must be freed – experts" UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights