British Parliament reproves of Pakistan’s treatment of religious minorities:


Pakistan’s treatment of its religious minorities has been sharply criticized by the British parliamentarians. British parliamentarians called on Pakistan to protect the religious minorities while safeguarding their fundamental rights.

The UK Parliamentarians while taking part in a debate in the House of Commons; voiced concerns about persecution of religious minorities in Pakistan. They also highlighted the plight of minorities in Algeria and other countries. They criticized hate preaching, and focused on its impact on public. At the same time, the UK lawmakers urged their government to warn government of Pakistan to tackle with the issue of mistreatment of minorities.

About 21 Parliamentarians took part in this debate, as they urged the UK government to make sure hate preachers are not allowed to enter the UK. On this occasion, the Minister for Asia and Pacific Mark Field, briefed the House about the UK government’s stance on these issues and the steps taken in this regard.

Briefing the House, Mark Field said: “I hope the world outside, in particular the countries mentions today that clearly discriminate against Ahmadi populations, do not think that calm does not underpin a certain amount of anger and our real sense of mission. The plight of the most peaceable of communities should be in our hearts. I hope we continue to work consistently and persistently on it.”

The UK also recognizes that Christians and Shi’a Muslims also suffer too. In November, 2017, the UK government exerted pressure on Pakistan to take steps in order to safeguard its religious minorities. Pakistan was urged to announce measures taken in order to tackle with the issue of blasphemy law being misused as a tool against the religious minorities.

“In 2017, religious minorities in Pakistan, including Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Ahmadis, and Shi’a Muslims, continued to face attacks and discrimination from extremist groups and society at large. The government of Pakistan failed to protect these groups adequately, and it perpetrated systematic, ongoing, egregious religious freedom violations. Various media outlets promoted intolerance against religious minorities. Abusive enforcement of the country’s strict blasphemy laws resulted in the suppression of rights for non-Muslims, Shi’a Muslims, and Ahmadis”, latest Unites States Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) said.       

Pakistani police restrains Christians from conducting prayer services at church and houses:


40 Christian families in Nayya Sarabah Chak 336 village in Punjab province have been restrained from conducting prayer services at a local church. Local police has imposed a ban on these Christians not to hold prayer services. Consequently, these Christians haven’t held a prayer service since before Christmas last year.

Details emerge that these Christian villagers were forced to sign a pledge that they will not hold prayer services. Moreover, after half a year these Christians were warned to eliminate every visible sign of Christianity from the sole church in the village. “Muslims are in the majority in the village, we can’t allow a church here”, Pakistani Christian journalist Asif Aqeel quoted Muhammad Siddique, a local Muslim villager in his report.

“Now we are working with the civil administration to give a piece of land to Christians outside the village. When it is done, we will make the Christians write an agreement that they will sell this current church building or at least dismantle the church structure and crosses”, Siddique was quoted. “Most of the Christians of the village work as brick-kiln laborers. It is only Rafaqat Masih, who, being a retired army personnel, is trying to be a leader and has helped build a church in the village.”

The church run by Pastor Samuel Masih, hails from the Full Gospel Assemblies group. A local Christian union councilor Rafaqat Masih is striving to get the matter resolved. Christian villagers landed into trouble when the Rajana police called Christian and Muslim villagers of Chak 336 on December 14, last year. The Rajana Police forced Christian villagers to sign a pledge stating that the Christians would “hold religious ceremonies in their houses. There will be no programme in the church. If anyone will violate this agreement, then legal action will be taken. Christians will not gather in any house for a religious programme. If there will be any violation of this, legal action will be taken”.

After few days the Muslim villagers called for closure of the FGA Church; the local police responded by taking side of the Muslims. The concerned civil administration and the police told the Christian villagers that their church was listed among the churches that are to be provided security on Sundays during the prayer services. Police used this fabricated reason, in order to bar the Christian villagers from holding prayer services at the church.

‘Human rights violations are being normalized’

Advocate, human rights activist and former caretaker government advisor Sultana Kamal said in a Press conference few months backed that although Bangladesh has improved in many areas, it is falling behind in addressing human rights issues.

“Violations of human rights now occur so frequently that they are being normalized in our society” she said. She made the remarks during the inauguration of the Manobadhikar Sanskriti Foundation (MSF) at the National Press Club on Thursday morning.

During her speech, she also said that violence against women is very frequent, despite the progress made by Bangladesh to ensure women's rights. “Women are subjected to torture, harassment and other forms of violence everywhere, including their workplace, home and educational institutions. 87 out of every 100 women are being subjected to some kind of violence in their family,” she said. Referring to a report from a human rights organization, she said that at least 800 women were raped in 2017.

“The statistics from One Stop Crisis Center is horrifying, which says that more than 2,000 women were victims of physical and sexual violence. Risha, Tonu, Rakib, Sagor, Rupa are just a few names among the many we know, yet none of them have received justice yet.” Sultana Kamal added that there were over 1,500 cases of child abuse, murders and violence in 2017.

She said that people in Bangladesh are concerned about the recent rise in enforced disappearance cases. Regarding extrajudicial killings, the former advisor to the Caretaker Government said that “crossfires” were killing at least one or two people every day. She continued: “Although the government claims these things have stopped, but in 2017, there were 151 cases of extrajudicial killings. These human rights violations are not acceptable.”

Left with dreams, returned with Nightmares

 

Abused female workers back from Saudi Arabia empty-handed; govt offers no help

Sharmeen (not real name), 35,  of Munshiganj, returned from Saudi Arabia on May 24, five months after she had gone to the kingdom for work. “My husband is not accepting me. He asked why I did not send money and why I returned home,” she told this correspondent on June 6. Sharmeen proceeded to recount harrowing tales of both physical and sexual exploitation at her employers' homes in Riyadh.

 

Failing to endure it, she informed the local recruiting agent, who then transferred her to another employer in Jeddah. Even there the abuses did not end and Sharmeen fled.

Soon police found her with physical injuries and admitted her to a hospital in mid-April. After primary treatment, she was sent to a safe house. After over a month's stay there, she was sent home. She then received treatment for an infection in her sexual organ.

Left by her husband, Sharmeen now lives with her sister. Her tale is similar to the accounts of other female migrant workers who returned from the Gulf country. Instead of returning with money that could change their fate, they came back with shocking tales of abuse.

 

Almost of all of them left their homes and loved ones for a distant land, determined to earn money and make a better life for their families back home. In stark contrast to their aspirations, they experienced exploitation -- physical, sexual, psychological and financial.

Some were abandoned by their employers who threw them out of their homes. When police spotted the workers, they were picked up and deported.

 

Failing to endure the unending abuses, many others decided to return home themselves and took shelter at safe homes managed by the Bangladesh embassy in Riyadh or Jeddah of Saudi Arabia. When the migrant workers finally returned home empty-handed after months of ordeal, they received no support from the Bangladesh authorities.

 

In many cases, the families also refused to accept them, owing to the associated stigma. Their hopes and dreams shattered, they are left worse off than before they had left.

 

At least 4,000 such workers returned to Bangladesh last year with many instances of it this year as well, according to Brac estimates.  Dulshan, 37, of Chuadanga, returned home empty-handed mid-March this year after seven months of work in Riyadh. She faced non-payment, 18 to 20 hours of daily work and physical torture, all of which forced her to flee.

 

With savings from earlier job stints in Jordan and Dubai, she bought a three-decimal land and dreamt of building a house there with what she earned in Saudi Arabia.

“After returning home, I had to take treatment and my elder daughter had to bear the expenses. I am now staying at her residence and unable to pay my 10-year old daughter's educational expenses,” Dulshan said. Industry insiders say the number of abused women workers in the Middle East is growing as more women go abroad for domestic work.

However, the Bangladesh government does not have any data on how many women are returning home after facing abuse.

 

According to estimates by Brac Migration Programme, every month between 300 to 400 female migrants return from the Middle East, mostly Saudi Arabia, after being tortured.

Estimates by the expatriates welfare and overseas employment ministry show some six lakh Bangladeshi women are put to work in the Middle East, mostly in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Jordan and Oman.

 

Shariful Hasan, head of Brac Migration Programme, said it was good that women had labour mobility, but when hundreds of women return home empty-handed -- especially after physical, sexual and economic exploitation -- authorities need to work rigorously to protect them. Another worrying trend was of these workers not being accepted by their family. Health and financial conditions of the abused returnees have already worsened, which is also needed to be taken care of, he said.

“When the migrants send home remittance, authorities appreciate them. But, tragically, when they return home with trauma, nobody is there to support them. This is unfortunate,”

“Where would a woman go if she is rejected by her family?” he said, suggesting emergency health and psychological support to them upon their return and then eventually taking up programmes to rehabilitate them.

 

Professor Tasneem Siddiqui, chair of Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU) of Dhaka University, said over 50 percent of the women going abroad as domestic workers were either divorced or deserted by their husbands. Their financial vulnerability may have forced them to go abroad.

“As these women work within the household, it is difficult to ensure their security. It is more so as the Bangladesh embassy doesn't have a strong monitoring mechanism,” she said. As they return home in a more vulnerable condition than before, the government should take the initiative to rehabilitate them. The government could engage NGOs and the private sector to employ them or conduct income-generating activities for them.

British Parliament Reproves of Pakistan’s Treatment of Religious Minorities:

 

Pakistan’s treatment of its religious minorities has been sharply criticized by the British parliamentarians. British parliamentarians called on Pakistan to protect the religious minorities while safeguarding their fundamental rights.

The UK Parliamentarians while taking part in a debate in the House of Commons; voiced concerns about persecution of religious minorities in Pakistan. They also highlighted the plight of minorities in Algeria and other countries. They criticized hate preaching, and focused on its impact on public. At the same time, the UK lawmakers urged their government to warn government of Pakistan to tackle with the issue of mistreatment of minorities.

About 21 Parliamentarians took part in this debate, as they urged the UK government to make sure hate preachers are not allowed to enter the UK. On this occasion, the Minister for Asia and Pacific Mark Field, briefed the House about the UK government’s stance on these issues and the steps taken in this regard.

Briefing the House, Mark Field said: “I hope the world outside, in particular the countries mentions today that clearly discriminate against Ahmadi populations, do not think that calm does not underpin a certain amount of anger and our real sense of mission. The plight of the most peaceable of communities should be in our hearts. I hope we continue to work consistently and persistently on it.”

The UK also recognizes that Christians and Shi’a Muslims also suffer too. In November, 2017, the UK government exerted pressure on Pakistan to take steps in order to safeguard its religious minorities. Pakistan was urged to announce measures taken in order to tackle with the issue of blasphemy law being misused as a tool against the religious minorities.

“In 2017, religious minorities in Pakistan, including Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Ahmadis, and Shi’a Muslims, continued to face attacks and discrimination from extremist groups and society at large. The government of Pakistan failed to protect these groups adequately, and it perpetrated systematic, ongoing, egregious religious freedom violations. Various media outlets promoted intolerance against religious minorities. Abusive enforcement of the country’s strict blasphemy laws resulted in the suppression of rights for non-Muslims, Shi’a Muslims, and Ahmadis”, latest Unites States Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) said.       

Lahore’s Historic Taxali Gate Cemetery in shambles due to willful Ignorance by Authorities:

 

Lahore’s historic Taxali Gate cemetery (a Christian burial ground) is in shambles owing to negligence of concerned authorities. The graveyard is in a very bad condition and the graves are desecrated and sinking into the grounds. The cemetery situated on a 170-kanal land lacks maintenance and repair, while there is no place in it for further burials.

In keeping with a report by Daily Times, the oldest gravestones seem to be date back to 1800. The old graves are being razed in order to construct new ones over them. The report further stated that waist high shrubs have grown all over the cemetery. The marble over the graves dating back to 1800 and 1900 have been stolen.

This cemetery is one of the oldest Christian cemeteries in Lahore. It is located adjacent to Taxali Gate of Lahore. This cemetery was developed after the British established their rule in Punjab, it served as primary cemetery for the British in Lahore. It is most commonly referred to as Gora Qabaristan, literally means the white graveyard. Notable personalities from the British era were buried in this cemetery. The records of this cemetery are not available, while two wall tablets at the gate house give map of the cemetery. The graves are desecrated and the plots cannot be defined exactly.

Daily Times reports that when the then Minister for Minorities of Punjab Tahir Khalil Sandhu said that this matter was taken dealt with under the Shehr-e-Khamoshan Bill which was passed by the Punjab Assembly. “This is a fundamental human right that they rest in peace after death, but the funds were given to the six MPAs from Lahore for improving the Taxali and Jail Road Cemetery along with the development of new ones. We are developing cemeteries in Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan and Gujranwala and we will also be improving the conditions of the existing ones,” Daily Times quoted him.

General Secretary of National Council of Churches in Pakistan Victor Azariah, told DT that no improvement was made in the Taxali Gate cemetery. “In my opinion, it’s an ancient graveyard and was built by the British when they took over Punjab. During the British India period, soldiers camped in the fort near the cemetery and that was the reason that a cemetery was constructed nearby.

 

The soldiers, army personnel and high officials of the British Raj were buried there. People don’t know the facts about this graveyard. The grave of Dr. Forman who was the pioneer of regular education system in Punjab and started a school in Rang Mahal and later founded Forman Christian College is also in the Taxali Cemetery”, he said.

 

 

Pakistani Police restrains Christians from conducting prayer services at Church and houses

 

40 Christian families in Nayya Sarabah Chak 336 village in Punjab province have been restrained from conducting prayer services at a local church. Local police has imposed a ban on these Christians not to hold prayer services. Consequently, these Christians haven’t held a prayer service since before Christmas last year.

Details emerge that these Christian villagers were forced to sign a pledge that they will not hold prayer services. Moreover, after half a year these Christians were warned to eliminate every visible sign of Christianity from the sole church in the village. “Muslims are in the majority in the village, we can’t allow a church here”, Pakistani Christian journalist Asif Aqeel quoted Muhammad Siddique, a local Muslim villager in his report.

“Now we are working with the civil administration to give a piece of land to Christians outside the village. When it is done, we will make the Christians write an agreement that they will sell this current church building or at least dismantle the church structure and crosses”, Siddique was quoted. “Most of the Christians of the village work as brick-kiln laborers. It is only Rafaqat Masih, who, being a retired army personnel, is trying to be a leader and has helped build a church in the village.”

The church run by Pastor Samuel Masih, hails from the Full Gospel Assemblies group. A local Christian union councilor Rafaqat Masih is striving to get the matter resolved. Christian villagers landed into trouble when the Rajana police called Christian and Muslim villagers of Chak 336 on December 14, last year. The Rajana Police forced Christian villagers to sign a pledge stating that the Christians would “hold religious ceremonies in their houses. There will be no programme in the church. If anyone will violate this agreement, then legal action will be taken. Christians will not gather in any house for a religious programme. If there will be any violation of this, legal action will be taken”.

After few days the Muslim villagers called for closure of the FGA Church; the local police responded by taking side of the Muslims. The concerned civil administration and the police told the Christian villagers that their church was listed among the churches that are to be provided security on Sundays during the prayer services. Police used this fabricated reason, in order to bar the Christian villagers from holding prayer services at the church.

Policemen Booked over man’s Killing:

GUJRAT: Three policemen were booked in a murder case of a man, who was allegedly tortured to death by police in Civil Lines police precincts late on Tuesday, 31st may 2018. However, no arrests had been made till the filing of this report.

Waqas Masih, 25, a resident of Daulatnagar, had gone to his maternal uncle’s house to assist him with some construction work when police dragged him out of the house. He was allegedly tortured severely, which resulted into his death. Masih’s body was shifted to Aziz Bhatti Shaheed Teaching Hospital where doctors conducted an autopsy and later handed over the body to his family. The post-mortem report was yet to be issued.

The case was registered against constables Shoaib, Shahbaz and Saqib under sections 302 and 34 of PPC on the report of Khalida Bibi, the mother of the deceased. A police spokesman said they had started investigation into the case as initial reports suggested the deceased was a drug dealer. However, Masih’s heirs denied the allegations and accused police of murdering an innocent man.

The Situation of Hindu Rohingyas Aggravating in Bangladesh

The Rohingyas had entered Bangladesh between August 25 and February 11 in 2017. According to official estimates, at least 523 people belonging to 165 Hindu families have entered Bangladesh since last August. The refugee Hindu Rohingya families mostly women and children whose husbands and fathers have been slaughtered by  covered Mask Goons in Myanmar. There are 122 people have been slaughtered by the Blacked Covered Mask People. The People didn’t do anything for the Ritual duty for their ill fated relatives. Global Human Rights Defence and Dhaka based Research and Empowerment Organization-REO are working for Hindu Rohingyas in Bangladesh and did ritual duty for ill fated Hindu Rohingya.

According to the survey reports, he told us that there are 523 Hindu Rohngya passing the miserable lives in the camp. Previously, ALL were shelter in a small chicken farm’s owned by the Jogodish and Sawpan Sharma. Now they shifted to the adjoin places where the government allocated a land.

The report prevails that the government providing for 25kg Rice, 2 Litre oils and 2 kg Potatoes per family per month. However, 2500 Masque and Madrasha is made by the government and local Islamic group Hafajot Islam in Bangladesh for the Muslim Rohingyas but there is no any worship for the Hindu Rohingya. Even no one can do anything for them. “Covered Mask Muslim Rohingyas who actually have bullied and massacred the Hindu Rohingya males and now pressure rising Hindu women to convert and marry them, are enjoying global attention, sympathy, support, and rehabilitation in every possible way; but the Hindu Rohingyas have become a neglected entity by the Global Human Rights bodies and the Hindu organizations too”. The situations of Hindu Rohingyas are worsening and now it's becoming unmanageable to handle the daily expenses to feed and sustain a livelihood for the Hindu families. The government provides 25 kg Rice, 2 Kg Dal, 2 litre iol and 2 kg Potatoes.  

Dismal Condition:

“They shot my husband and laws including everyone in front of eyes. The Mask covered people killed and telling marry us and convert to Islam, I agreed to save my life. They took me into the jungle for 2 days. After this covered man brings me to Bangladesh said, Anika Dhar.

 A   Anika Dhar a resident of Chikarjuri, Hindu area in Fakirbazaar, Myanmar- said “I lost my husband; the Black mask covered people slaughtered my husband in front of me. 24 days have gone but I didn’t do anything for the ritual funeral for my husband even I am pregnant for six months who will give me shelter as well my children”- She is crying.

Promila Shil told to us “I lost everyone in my family. The Muslim goons slaughtered my laws, brothers-in-laws including 6 members of my family. Somehow I managed myself with my son and fled to Bangladesh”.

The children and young girls are affected much. Orphaned Kishore Kumar, Tarpan Shil, Palash Shil are rescued two days back from different camps at Kutupalong. The young Hindu girls also rescued from Muslim camps with the help of local Hindu people.

However, 12 Hindu girls have been raped in Bangladesh by the Muslims even army men do not behave well of the Hindus Rohingya. Even few Islamic groups are working and trying to convert Hindu Rohingya to Islam. 

However, Islamic few People visited with relief to Hindu Rohingya people but while they are giving to relief to the Hindu Rohingya, they are inviting them to convert to Islam. 



Peshawar’s Administration turns a blind eye as Christian Colony turns into a Garbage disposal Site:

Residents of Peshawar’s Christian Colony wallow in municipality’s neglect. The garbage from the entire city is dumped at the neighborhood. The unsanitary and foul conditions are causing trouble to the occupants of the Christian Colony. In this regard, Christian activist Yasir Bhatti said that, “Christian community who cleans the entire city is forced to live at a place which is a garbage disposal site”.

Christians in Peshawar:

Christian Colony nestled on Ring Road, is a predominantly Christian neighborhood, where heaps of garbage can be seen everywhere. The residents complain of the negligence of the concerned authorities as the municipality dumps waste in the colony. The roads and other parts of the colony remain littered, the neighborhood has severe garbage disposal problem. The problem is not limited to just dumping of the waste; soon after the waste is disposed of, cows, dogs and birds begin gorging on the trash. As a result, the waste is scattered everywhere.

Christian activists joined the residents in raising voice against blatant negligence displayed by the Peshawar administration. They urged the Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa to take notice of the pathetic situation of the residents of Christian Colony.

Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa:

“Today I urge the Chief Justice of Pakistan and Army Chief to have pity on us… for God’s sake. I request you to visit us once. Spend some time with us… the role of Christians in the establishment of Pakistan is not a hidden from anyone.

Peshawar Municipal Corporation:

We cast our votes in favor of Pakistan at the time of independence; which resulted in formation of Pakistan. The Christian community of this colony that clears away trash from the entire city, on the other hand, waste from the entire city is dumped at their neighborhood.

As a result of this, our children and the elderly are suffering from various diseases. Therefore, I request the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Government of Pakistan, Army Chief and the Chief Justice of Pakistan to pay heed to the cries of the residents of Christian Colony”, Yasir Bhatti said.

Christian Persecution watchdog urges UNHRC to Protect Pakistani Christians:

The United Nations Human Rights Council has been urged to protect Pakistan’s Christian community. In this regard, a legal submission has been made to the UN body seeking action in order to guard Christians in Pakistan from religion based persecution.

This submission was made by the American Centre for Law and Justice (ACLJ). The Washington-based watchdog maintained in its submission that: “The Islamic Republic of Pakistan continues to violate the human rights of its religious minorities. Instances of mob violence; police torture; false accusations of blasphemy; rape, murder, and other forms of violence occur on a regular basis. Authorities in Pakistan have shown a continuous inability or unwillingness to protect its minorities from human rights abuses. These aren’t isolated incidents. Christians are being specifically targeted.”

The watchdog further maintained that “Pakistani Christians are being terrorized, tortured, murdered – even sentenced to death – simply because of their faith. The Pakistani government seems unable or unwilling to protect its Christian citizens. We are asking the world’s leaders to take urgent action.”

The ACLJ said that the churches are being targeted and damaged frequently, what is more Christian neighborhoods have also been attacked repeatedly. It claimed that the Pakistani government has turned a blind eye to the plight of the Christians so much so that, “Christians can’t even count on the local authorities to protect them.”

“We are aggressively fighting for persecuted Christians through our office on the ground in Pakistan. We also continue to advocate for Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five who we’ve told you has been sentenced to death under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws for offering a Muslim coworker a glass of water. Pakistan has allowed these easily misinterpreted laws to cause innocent people – particularly Christians like Asia Bibi, and other religious minorities – to suffer and even die,” the ACLJ submission stated.

The American Centre for Law and Justice briefed the UNHRC that the blasphemy laws are being widely misused. “As a result, the blasphemy laws are easy to misuse and charges often result because of personal vendettas between the parties. Since Pakistan enacted these laws in the 1980s, over one thousand cases have been registered and over forty people are on death row or serving life sentences. Over fifty people have been killed over blasphemy allegations and hundreds are serving or have served prison terms ranging from three to ten years,” ACLJ said.

The ACLJ urged the United Nations Human Rights Council to exert pressure on the Government of Pakistan to comply with the international agreements it endorsed in order to protect the religious minorities nestled in the country.

“We must act now to protect our persecuted and dying Christian brothers and sisters. We will continue aggressively to advocate at the U.N. and through our office on the ground in Pakistan, but we need you. Be the voice of Pakistan’s frightened and dying Christians,” the ACLJ urged.

Apex Court Directs to officially to Christians as 'Masihi' instead of 'Esai':

The Supreme Court of Pakistan has directed all the authorities to refer to the Christian community as ‘Masihi’ officially. For this purpose the authorities were directed to make all necessary arrangements in official documents, records etc. to use the word Masihi instead of Esai. On May 11, Friday, a two member bench of the apex court issued directions while hearing the petition case filed by a Pakistani Christian Samuel Pyara. This two member bench was chaired by the Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar himself. Justice Ijaz ul Hassan was the other member of this bench hearing the case number H.R.C.No.20171-B of 2018. Samuel Payara had moved the court regarding use of word ‘Masihi’ for Christians instead of ‘Esai’.

 “It has been complained despite the decision taken by the Council of Islamic Ideology in its 175th meeting held on 28-29th September, 2009 that there was no harm, as per Shariah Injunctions, to refer to the members of Christian community as “Masihi” instead of “Esai”, no steps have been taken by the government in this regard. Let the recommendations of the Council of Islamic Ideology be implemented in letter and spirit and arrangement should be made in all official records, documents, correspondence etc. to refer to the Christian community as Masihi instead of Esai,” the court order reads. In 2016, the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) also issued orders regarding use of Masihi for Christians instead of Esai, in the column for Religion. In this regard, Christian MPA Shakeel Ivan Khokhar struggled greatly to get this directive officially issued from NADRA. MPA Shakeel Ivan Khokhar, had written a petition to the Director of National Database and Registration Authority Headquarter in Islamabad, seeking official directions regarding the use of word Masihi for Christians in the NADRA forms, data and records.

A Hindu Minor Girl Pinki Mali's Story

Pinki Mali 14 a Minor girl, D/O Khapu Mali -42 at Durgahata, Gabtoli, Bogra raped brutally by one Mohammed Saheb Ali -55 years. On 7th July 2016 at around 7 pm Pinki went to collect their clothing near the house. The Perpetrator Mohammed Saheb Ali was waiting there, he told to come to his house that was adjoined. When Pinki enter into his house Mohammed Saheb locked the door and shown to her a knife and ordered with anger “Open your Salowar and Kamiz” (cloth). Pinki tries to shout- suddenly, Mohammed Saheb captured her mouth with her cloth and started to open her Salower and Kamiz and bring to her into the bed and raped her.

After everything, while Pinki was crying, Mohammed Saheb told with Sought Keep quiet and don’t tell to anyone. If you tell anything to anyone then I will kill you including your parents. Frequently, Perpetrator threatens to Pinki that she should keep quiet. On 28th November 2016, Pinkis’ Physical condition has declined and her mother brings her to a doctor and doctor confirmed her pregnancy and it has matured level. When Pinki’s parents charged perpetrator and informed the local people. The perpetrator Mohammed Saheb threatens to kill them.

On 14th December, Pinkis’ father informed to Research and Empowerment Organization–REO (GHRD local partner) asking for help. Bikash Sornokar, A local representative at Bogra complained to the officer in Charge at Gabtoli Thana, Bogra and did an FIR under a section of child and women Nirjaton act 2003 on that day. However, on 16th February 2017, REO arranged to admit her into the Hospital at the emergency basis and on 17th February 2017, Pinki gave a birth to a boy of the rapist.

Human rights remain at alarming in Bangladesh

Bangladesh sees more than 17,000 rape cases registered in four years. The number of rape, sexual assault and incidents of violence against women is increasing year after year.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan has said on 18th February 2018, more than 17,000 rape cases have been registered in past four years in Bangladesh from January 2014 to December 2017, a total of 17,289 cases of women and child rapes were recorded throughout the country.

The total number of victims in those cases 17,389, of which 13,861 were women and 3,528 were children.

During the period 673 people were convicted and sentenced in 3,430 cases disposed of by the courts with 17 death penalties, 80 life imprisonments and 576 in different prison terms.

Past events

 

Pakistan, Stop Underaged Forced Conversions and Marriages!

Global Human Rights Defence (GHRD) is pleased to announce that the event “Pakistan, Stop Underaged Forced Conversions and Marriages” was a success. The two documentaries,“Who am I” and “The Trapping Faith”, were not only informative but also sparked an educative discussion among the audience.

GHRD has honored Mr. Naveed Walter, President of Human Rights Focus Pakistan, for his remarkable work for religious minorities in Pakistan. Walter is a human rights defender who has been working on the issues of human rights for over 20 years. During his work he faced tremendous obstacles, but he never gave up his work because of his believe in equal rights for everyone. GHRD is thankful for his dedication, commitment and hard work.

GHRD is also appreciative for the filmmakers Mr. Prakash Jha and Ms. Anuradha Mishra for making the documentary “Who am I?”.

GHRD would like to thank everyone who has been a part of this event as a guest and as a supporter.

Human Rights Award 2017

Human rights activist and President of Human Rights Focus Pakistan, Naveed Walter is honored with Human Rights Award a mark of recognition by international human rights organization Global Human Rights Defence.

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GHRD celebrated its Special Consultative Status with the United Nations together with its supporters and partners by a joyful reception event on 12th November. The attendees enjoyed the speech by Mr. Sradhanand Sital, Chairman of GHRD along with Naz Tuncay, Human Rights Officer and Tatsiana Yankelevich, Lobby and Advocacy Officer.

The event underscored the achievements of GHRD and local partners in the pursuit of a sound respect for human rights. Since 2003, GHRD together with its local partners have brought attention to the forgotten issues and atrocities faced by minorities in South Asia. Acquiring the Special Consultative Status is an important milestone for our international lobby and advocacy efforts to put minorities on the agenda of international human rights mechanisms.

GHRD thanks all who joined our reception event to celebrate this memorable achievement with us. We would like to specially thank Ron van den Berg, director at Bruynzeel Keukens for their generous donation to support our core human rights work. Without our supporters and dedicated team, it would not be possible for us to reach this important milestone.

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Annual Report 2014

31-08-2015

2014 has been a year of increased cooperation for GHRD, as well as its local and international partners. Marked with 27 international events celebrations, increased coalitions memberships, independent hands-on research, and various campaigns and trainings in Europe.

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