APPG for International Freedom of Religion or Belief Inquiry Finds UK Government Policy on Pakistani Religious Minorities Inadequate

On Wednesday, 24 February, the All Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief launches its inquiry report on Freedom of Religion or Belief in Pakistan & UK Government Policy. The report follows a parliamentary hearing held in November 2015, attended by various NGOs, including Global Minorities Alliance. The report challenges the Home Office’s Country Information and Guidance on Pakistani Christians and Christian converts while also finding that Ahmadis, Christians and Hindus in Pakistan face a real risk of persecution, the likelihood of which depends on their encounters with and actions amongst people of other faiths or beliefs.

APPG Abridged Report - Pakistan Inquiry

The APPG inquiry’s main findings and recommendations include an urgent requirement for a new country guidance case regarding Pakistani Christians to provide sufficient and accurate guidance for Pakistani Christian asylum cases. At the very least, the APPG urges the Home Office to limit the use of the current AK and SK country guidance case in its Country Information and Guidance (CIG) report on Pakistani Christians and Christian converts to be used only for cases involving Evangelical Christians and blasphemy charges from non-State actors. In the report, the APPG urges the Home Office to acknowledge the strong evidence highlighting Pakistani authorities’ failure to protect minority religious communities from rights violations and amend its CIGs accordingly. The inquiry also highlights concerns about the possibility of internal relocation of Pakistani religious minorities, which the APPG urges the UK Home Office to recognise as unsafe and unviable.  Continue reading

Fringe Festival 2015: Scottish human rights organisation defends freedom of religion and expression

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Edinburgh: A Glasgow based human rights organisation, Global Minorities Alliance (GMA) was invited to participate in a discussion panel during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015. The programme addressed the question “Are there limits when it comes to religion and free speech?” and was hosted by the Edinburgh Interfaith Association which promotes respect and understanding among all faiths in Edinburgh and across the world.

The event was organised as a response to the Charlie Hebdo tragedy in France earlier this year, to discuss and debate the global issues of religious freedom and free expression.

The panel consisted of Shahid Khan, a journalist from Pakistan, Fadel Soliman, an Imam from Egypt, and Thiago Alves Pinto, a legal expert from Brazil, who shared their thoughts about religion and freedom expression in the contemporary world.  Continue reading

Press Release: Commonwealth states should uphold charter values, says Global Minorities Alliance

Speakers: L to R: Mridul Wadhwa, Deirdre Flanigan, Shahid Khan and Peter Tatchell

Speakers: L to R: Mridul Wadhwa, Deirdre Flanigan, Shahid Khan and Peter Tatchell

The Commonwealth theme of ‘welcome’ is a distant dream for some citizens in commonwealth states, says Global Minorities Alliance.

Global Minorities Alliance (GMA), a Glasgow based human rights organisation which fights for the rights of the minorities worldwide, organised a discussion panel at Glasgow University Memorial Chapel to discuss the human rights issues present in member states of the commonwealth.

The talk was the part of GMA’s campaign to raise awareness of human rights abuses, from the anti- conversions laws in India to the criminalisation of LGBTI communities in a number of the African countries represented at the Commonwealth Games.

The event was an opportunity to create a space for concerned people to share and learn from each other’s experiences as well as to discuss human rights issues at home and abroad.

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