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International Commission of Jurists urges Islamabad to take human rights abuses against minorities ‘seriously’ and recommends repeal of blasphemy laws Pakistan must urgently respond to serious and ongoing persecution of citizens from religious minority groups by state and non-state actors, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said last week. “The Pakistani authorities have shamefully failed...
If you’re one of four million Ahmadis in Pakistan, posting on Facebook can mean exposing yourself to danger. Last fall, in a corporate office in Lahore, 25-year-old Siraj, a fintech professional just two months into his new job, listened in as his colleagues discussed a murder over lunch. Two months earlier, a teenage boy had walked...
Last week, five senators sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, urging the Biden administration to address religious freedom concerns in Algeria when meeting with the north African country’s officials. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) led the letter, and was joined by Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Ben...
On 13 July 2021, UN human rights experts have expressed their deep concern over the lack of attention to the serious human rights violations perpetrated against the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community around the world and called on the international community to step up efforts in bringing an end to the ongoing persecution of Ahmadi Muslims. “It...
An Ahmadi Muslim burial was violently attacked on grounds of faith by an armed group in Sheikhupura District, Pakistan.  Local extremist clerics gathered the group together and instructed them to attack the cemetery to prevent the burial of a deceased Ahmadi Muslim lady who had passed away the night before.  The group, armed with heavy...
After months of social media hate speech targeting, the Ahmadis or Ahmadiyyas — a minority community in Pakistan — continue to live in fear. In Garmola Virkan, a village located in Gujranwala in Pakistan’s Punjab province, the situation was on the edge after a few locals raised complaints against an Ahmadi mosque. But nothing could’ve...
On 11 February 2021, 65 year old Abdul Qadir, was shot dead in the doorway of a health clinic where he worked in Bazod Khel, Peshawar, Pakistan. The 18 year-old attacker arrived outside the health clinic armed with a gun. At around 2pm he rang the doorbell and waited outside. When Abdul Qadir attended the...
Freedom of Belief Article Dropped — and All Pretense of Respecting It? It is sadly commonplace that many countries that respect human rights the least have constitutions that respect human rights the most. Iraq’s constitution under Saddam Hussein, for example, guaranteed freedom of expression, assembly, religion, privacy, and the rest. What’s less common is when a government...
Abdul Qadir has been shot dead at the entrance to his homoeopathic clinic in Peshawar’s Bazikhel area, the latest in a series of attacks. Islamabad, Pakistan – A member of Pakistan’s Ahmadiyya sect has been shot and killed in the northwestern city of Peshawar, police and a community spokesperson have said, the latest in a series...
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