Pakistan minority Member of Provincial Assembly Shot dead

PRESS RELEASE

Global Minorities Alliance condemns the recent attack on minority Member of Balochistan Provincial Assembly Hendry Masih. Mr Masih was the member of National Party (NP) who was elected on the reserved seat for minorities from NM-65 constituency.

Hendry Masih was accompanied by his nephew when he was riddled with bullets by his own bodyguard in front of his residence while his nephew was left injured.

Mr Masih was rushed to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

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Aasia Bibi: A life hanging in the balance

by Shahid Khan

Imagine a life in a solitary confinement, spending years in a dark dungeon, living with ceaseless agony, torture, uncertainty.

You are isolated from your family and friends. You receive threats not only from the outside world but also from those who are supposed to safeguard you. In Pakistan, for a blasphemy accused, fears are countless and the ones who police you can also be a threat to your life.

These are the traumas for Aasia Bibi, 45, an impoverished mother of five, who never knew what life was going to throw at her after having a heated argument in June 2009, which culminated in a death sentence due to Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws.

Last month the Pakistan courts announced another appeal date for 27 May 2014, after four previous appeal hearings were adjourned due to the mounting pressure from extremist and fundamentalist groups.

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World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

From the Editor

Today marks the launch of the GMA blog, which will provide a space for dialogue about the human rights issues facing communities across the world. And 21st May is very fitting for this, as to day is the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. As Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, explains:

“Our cultural diversity is a stimulator of creativity. Investing in this creativity can transform societies. It is our responsibility to develop education and intercultural skills in young people to sustain the diversity of our world and to learn to live together in the diversity of our languages, cultures and religions, to bring about change.”

According to the UN, three-quarters of the world’s major conflicts have a cultural dimension, which is why events to promote dialogue and understanding are essential to enable us to learn to live together in harmony.

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