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The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has used anti-blasphemy rules to target members of the Ahmadiyya community. Over the last two years, the government of Pakistan has forced Google and Apple to take down apps in the country created by developers based in other nations who are part of a repressed religious minority. The move is part...
The Pakistani authorities must end their ongoing persecution of the Ahmadiyya religious minority, which is now extending across borders, said Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), following an attempt by the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) to shut down the website of the Ahmadis’ US-based community. On 24 December 2020,...
Pakistani authorities have taken their campaign of religious oppression worldwide, threatening U.S.-based Ahmadi Muslims with imprisonment. For decades, the government of Pakistan has relentlessly persecuted the members of the messianic Muslim Ahmadiyya sect within Pakistani borders. Although Pakistan is a Muslim-majority country, its constitution states that Ahmadi Muslims are non-Muslims, and blasphemy laws that criminalize public...
Site managers say they were threatened with a $3m fine and warned of blasphemy charges Pakistan has blocked a US-based website propagating the faith of the minority Ahmadi community because of allegedly blasphemous content. In a press release issued on Jan. 22, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) announced the blocking of for viewing in the Islamic republic. “In...
USCIRF Troubled by Escalating Persecution of Ahmadi Muslims in Algeria Washington, DC – The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is troubled by reports of escalating repression targeting the Ahmadiyya community in Algeria in recent weeks. “New convictions and harsh sentences against Ahmadi Muslims in Algeria demonstrate systematic and ongoing persecution on religious...
In 2016, Pakistan enacted digital regulations that allow authorities to block online content in the ‘interest of the glory of Islam.’ (RNS) — Pakistani authorities have asked leaders of the American Ahmadiyya Muslim community to take down its official website, claiming that the U.S.-based site violates Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws and new cybercrime regulations. The...
Minorities, Women Face Increased Risks (New York) – Pakistan’s government intensified its crackdown on the media, political opponents, and civil society in 2020, while failing to stem violence against women and minorities, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2021. Pakistani authorities harassed, and at times, prosecuted human rights defenders and journalists for criticizing government policies....
The US religious watchdog appealed Friday for the rights of a Pakistani woman from the country’s minority Ahmadis who has been jailed on blasphemy charges, declaring her a prisoner of conscience and urging Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government to immediately set her free. For the latest headlines, follow our Google News channel online or via the app....
USCIRF Commissioner James W. Carr Adopts Ramzan Bibi in Pakistan through the Religious Prisoners of Conscience Project Washington, DC – United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Commissioner James W. Carr today announced his adoption of Ramzan Bibi through the Religious Prisoners of Conscience Project. On April 30, 2020, Ramzan Bibi, a 55-year-old Ahmadi woman, was detained and accused of...
An Ahmadi doctor was murdered in front of his family at his home in Murch Balochan, Nankana Sahib District, Punjab on 20 November. His murder is the latest in a series of killings of Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan. The incident took place in the afternoon, just after Dr Tahir Mahmood, 31, and his family finished...
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