Attacks on Minorities in Pakistan and Egypt

Press Statement

Global Minorities Alliance’s Chief Executive, Manassi Bernard expressed his concerns on the recent attacks on the state of Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Pakistan and Coptic Christians in Egypt that are routinely targeted due to their faith.

Speaking from Glasgow he added:

‘We are deeply concerned about the plight of Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Pakistan (whose motto love for all hatred for none) continues to face persecution almost every day because of their faith. He further condemned the recent raid on the Ahmadiyya publication office in Rabwah, Punjab where members of community were harassed, beaten and arrested by Pakistan’s Counter Terrorism Department (CTD)

He also demanded that, ‘Pakistan must repeal its discriminatory laws which restrict the community to profess or propagate their faith. Instead of abusing the terror laws against the peaceful section of its own population, the state must invest its commitment to the National Action Plan (NAP) to stop hate speech which hurts religious freedom in Pakistan’.

Commenting on the recent bomb attack in Coptic Christian Cathedral in Cairo, Egypt Mr Bernard expressed his solidarity to the Coptic Community in Egypt that are often targeted by Islamists extremists.

Mr Bernard said, ‘Coptic Christians have suffered decades long persecution where attacks on Churches, targeted killings of Coptic Christians and blasphemy related cases against the community have become a commonplace. We call upon President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi that this attack on innocent and vulnerable worshipers should be investigated and culprits must be brought to justice as soon as possible.’

 

GMA Media Team

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Late UK MP Jo Cox: The best of Humanity

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The recent murder of a British Member of Parliament, Jo Cox is a horrendous reminder of what politics of hate, violence, and indifference can do to those who pledge their lives for the public services and those who stand up to make difference in the lives of their fellow beings.

As Britain has witnessed its first assassination of an MP in more than 20 year, tributes from all across the world have poured in ever since. Mrs Cox was attacked in her own constituency when a man with mental illness shot and stabbed Cox on a West Yorkshire Street. The man is said to have his allegiance with far right group, Britain First. The Labour MP has been a lifelong champion of human rights, equality and social justice.

She will be remembered for all involvement with charitable causes as well as her work with the refugees as she became a powerful advocate of human rights such as to resettle more migrants and to provide  sanctuary to those fleeing war and persecution. As mentioned in a tribute  by Mrs Cox’s Sister Kim Leadbeater said that her sister was ‘perfect’ and ‘genuinely made difference’ in the community she worked with.

Earlier today in a memorial service she was remembered as ‘a 21st century good Samaritan’

Global Minorities Alliance remembers the services of this wonderful human being who loved humanity regardless of its colour, creed and background.

Mrs Cox left us with a legacy to confront hate, bigotry, intolerance and promote justice, peace and equality in all its shape and form is the challenge

Our heartfelt condolence to Jo’s husband, family and friends who have lost a loving wife, a caring mother, daughter, friend and above all a human being which worked tirelessly to make a difference in someone’s life.