GMA distributes funds to the persecuted families of Youhanabad Church blasts

By GMA

#Pakistan #Christians #Youhanabad #ChurchBlasts #GMABlog

Following a successful fundraising campaign, Global Minorities Alliance (GMA) organised an event on 26 April in Youhanabad, Lahore, to support the victims of the Youhanabad Church blasts, which killed 17 and injured 70 on the 15 March 2015.

Since the attack the usually vibrant Christian neighbourhood of Lahore has become a community of silence and suffering, seeking refuge and reassurance from the government which is yet to materialise.

The event was organised by a GMA partner organisation in Youhanband, a local church led by Pastor Benyaamaeen which works to protect the human rights of the Christian community. The event was attended by the family members of the church blast victims and the wider Lahore Christian community, as GMA aid was distributed to the family members who lost their loved ones.

Global Minorities Alliance started a fundraising campaign in March to help assist the families of those who lost people in the attack. The online campaign aimed to highlight the persecution of minorities in Pakistan as well to raise funds for the family members going through this tragedy. GMA raised £1000 which meant that Pakistan rupees of 8000 was presented to the families as a donation.

GMA’s representative in Lahore, Pastor Benyameen, said:

“On behalf of the Youhanabad community we would like to express our thanks to Global Minorities Alliance, which has helped persecuted families in Pakistan who have suffered an irreplaceable loss due to these attacks. We would like to thank the Alliance for their work and generosity.”

One of the recipients of GMA aid gift – the wife of Tenvir Masih, who died in the Church blasts – said: ‘We would like to thank GMA, who has helped us financially as we grieve the loss of a loving husband since this aid will help me feed my children.”

The mother of the youngest victim of the blasts, Abeesheik Masih, said: “We are greatly consoled by GMA for this aid; it has remembered us in this difficult time, and I thank GMA for their help for persecuted people like me.”

Ahmadiyya Muslim Association UK which generously helped GMA raise £250 also appreciated the work of Global Minorities Alliance. Fareed Ahmed, National Secretary External Affairs, Ahmadiyya Muslims UK further maintained:

“All people are equal and everyone must have equal rights including freedom of religion. We pray for peace in Pakistan and pray for all those affected by the horrific attack can now rebuild their lives.”

GMA’s Chief Executive, Manassi Bernard, said:

“We are indebted to all those who contributed around the world to make this fundraising campaign and donation event a success. We continue in our resolve to assist beleaguered minorities in Pakistan who suffer from terror attacks, and call for interfaith harmony and peace among people of different faiths.”

Christians make less than 2% of predominantly Muslim country, where minorities are often used as a soft target for terror attacks.

To donate to GMA, please go to www.globalminorities.co.uk 

The violence of disbelief

Protection gap

By GMA

#GMABlog #GenderBasedViolence #InternationalWomen’sDay #IWD #refugeewomen

Today (Sunday 8 March) is International Women’s Day, and for all those who question whether there should be a day specifically for women in a modern age of equality, consider this: worldwide, women aged 15-44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than they are from cancer, car accidents, war and malaria.

And, within that shocking statistic, there is a group which is even more at risk: refugee women. A 2012 Refugee Council study found that nearly 60% of all the women they worked with had experienced gender-based violence in their own countries.

So what does that mean? It means that women coming to the UK to claim asylum have faced many, many challenges and heartbreaking situations before they even arrived here. They have often faced gender based violence in many difference forms – rape (by strangers, by family members, by husbands, by people who want to ‘correct’ their homosexuality), female genital mutilation, forced marriage, trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual assault.

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GMA demands humanitarian protection for Sikh group found in Container at Port of Tilbury

PRESS STATEMENT

Glasgow: The Glasgow based human rights organisation Global Minorities Alliance (GMA) demands absolute support for the Sikhs who were found in a container at Tilbury port, Essex on Saturday.

The group who is believed to be from Afghanistan consists of 13 children, including a baby and adults up to the age of 72.

One Sikh man identified as Meet Singh Kapoor was found dead in the container.

GMA’s Director for Interfaith and Dialogue, Shahzad Khan, expressed his condolences over the death of Mr. Kapoor.

Mr. Khan said “We are saddened to learn about the death of Meet Singh Kapoor. Our thoughts are with the bereaved family.”

“It is unimaginable to fathom the plight these people must have gone through in their home country which forced them to take the risk to board on a container with their children.”

“We believe that the hostile climate for minorities in Afghanistan and to the Sikhs in particular provides any ground to these people absolute and immediate support here in the UK.”

“Sikhs have long been persecuted because of their faith in Afghanistan. Persecution reached to its acme since Taliban took over in 1992. Since then the Sikh population has shrunk from 75.000 to just 4.000”

“GMA strongly opposes the thought of the traumatised stowaways being sent back to their home country where they face terror and violence on basis of their faith”

“It is the UK Government responsibility to show gratitude to these people and grant sanctuary in the UK on humanitarian ground in a quick and non-bureaucratic manner.”