South Asia Forum for FORB condemns the terrorist attack on mosques in Christchurch

The South Asia Forum for Freedom of Religion or Belief (SAFFORB) strongly condemns the shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand that took place on 15thMarch 2019 which claimed over 49 lives so far, including that of children and left scores of them injured. The shootings were carried out at two mosques- Al Noor and Linwood in [...]

2019-06-22T22:47:03+00:00March 18th, 2019|News|

Algeria: New Trials Shake Ahmadi Minority

More Than 50 Tried in December on Charges Relating to Religion (Beirut) – Algerian authorities have stepped up trials of members of the Ahmadiyya religious minority on charges related to the exercise of their religion, Human Rights Watch said today. Sentences range from fines to a year in prison. Human Rights Watch received information [...]

2018-01-23T16:49:30+00:00January 23rd, 2018|Algeria, News|

Minorities packing their bags as religious freedom plunges in Pakistan

  Thousands of Christians, Ahmadis and Hindus are fleeing as the government turns a blind eye to Islamic groups' harassment of other faiths and beliefs; even atheists have now gone quiet Pakistan has been put on a US watch list for countries of concern over  “severe violations of religious freedom” – and a closer [...]

2018-01-16T19:00:50+00:00January 16th, 2018|News, Pakistan|

Press Release: USCIRF Condemns Pakistan Sentencing Three Ahmadis to Death for Blasphemy

USCIRF Condemns Pakistan Sentencing Three Ahmadis to Death for Blasphemy USCIRF Chairman Mark calls blasphemy laws “an assault on human rights and dignity" WASHINGTON, D.C. – According to media reports, three members of the Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan have been sentenced to death for blasphemy by a court in Sheikhupura, a town northwest of [...]

2017-10-18T18:51:42+00:00October 18th, 2017|News, Pakistan|

‘Ahmadi Muslim’: The two words that still can’t be said, written, or broadcast in Pakistan

By Mehr Tarar Ahmadi Muslim. The two words I am not allowed to put together if I write for a publication in Pakistan, or speak on national television. Once, it was simply the details of the punishment meted out to Ahmadis for practising Allah's name that I had listed — an ordinance of the [...]

2017-10-18T09:57:45+00:00October 17th, 2017|News, Pakistan|

Pakistan sentences three Ahmadi men to death for blasphemy

Defendants accused of tearing down posters and insulting the prophet Mohammad Three members of Pakistan's persecuted Ahmadiyya Muslim minority have reportedly been sentenced to death for blasphemy. The men – named as Mubasher Ahmad, Ghulam Ahmed and Ehsan Ahmed – were convicted after alllegedly tearing down posters in Boihwal, a village 22km southwest of Lahore. [...]

2017-10-12T23:06:09+00:00October 12th, 2017|News, Pakistan|

Why is Pakistan against its Ahmadi community?

Former PM Nawaz Sharif's son-in-law has caused uproar among Pakistan's liberal sections by demanding a ban on military jobs for the minority Ahmadi community. DW examines why Pakistan has a problem with Ahmadis. Captain (retired) Muhammad Safdar, who is ousted premier Nawaz Sharif's son-in-law and a member of the ruling Muslim League party, lashed [...]

2017-10-12T13:17:31+00:00October 12th, 2017|News, Pakistan|

Three Ahmadis sentenced to death for blasphemy

Islamabad, Pakistan - Three members of Pakistan's persecuted Ahmadi sect have been sentenced to death for blasphemy by a court in the central town of Sheikhupura, a community spokesperson said. Mubasher Ahmad, Ghulam Ahmed and Ehsan Ahmed were convicted by the court on Wednesday for insulting Prophet Mohammad under the country's strict blasphemy laws, [...]

2017-10-12T12:39:14+00:00October 12th, 2017|News, Pakistan|

Pakistan’s Persecuted Minority in Line of Fire

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN —  The son-in-law of Pakistan's recently ousted prime minister lambasted a minority that human rights groups consider one of the most persecuted in the country. Mohammed Safdar said members of the Ahmadiyya sect are a "danger to this country, this nation, its constitution and its identity." Speaking in the national assembly, of [...]

2017-10-11T17:24:31+00:00October 11th, 2017|News, Pakistan|

Asma Jahangir calls on Nawaz to take notice of Safdar’s ‘unacceptable’ attack on Ahmadis

Human rights lawyer and activist Asma Jahangir on Tuesday demanded former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to take notice of retired Capt Muhammad Safdar's tirade against the persecuted Ahmadi community. On Tuesday, Safdar, who is the former prime minister's son-in-law and a member of the ruling PML-N, accused the faith group of acting against the [...]

2017-10-11T17:20:59+00:00October 11th, 2017|News, Pakistan|
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