Gender Development Project in Pakistan. Message of Support from our Patron – Alan McIntyre

Global Minorities Alliance’s patron, Alan McIntyre has shared a message of support to our gender development project in Pakistan.

The on-going sewing project in Pakistan has already reached out local village community. The first cohort of village women and girls have successfully completed the first sewing session.

Have a look at the video and please share and support our message if you can. Thank you

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

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It’s time for a contest! My email newsletter is one year old, and to celebrate we’re going to try to reward old subscribers and new ones alike.

In case you’re not familiar with it, my newsletter is free and goes by email twice a week to subscribers. It offers a link to my latest column, some behind-the-scenes commentary, suggestions for books, and links to articles I admire.

I’m going to offer signed copies of my books to eight newsletter subscribers picked at random (eight is a lucky Chinese number, and I started my foreign correspondent career in Asia). In addition, we’ll pick one subscriber for a tour of The Times and lunch with me — or, if the winner is in, say, Madagascar, then a phone conversation with me. Or if you want something else, like me leaving your voicemail recording, that can be arranged.

In addition, I’m hoping to get more students to subscribe. So if every student in a classroom (university, high school, middle school or elementary school) subscribes to the newsletter, then tweet my assistant, Liriel Higa, at @idiplomacy. I’ll randomly skype one such class to answer questions, or if you’re in the New York area, I’ll invite you all to The Times.

This is, of course, a blatant marketing effort to draw more people to my newsletter. I’m always struck by how many people look for my columns but are unaware that the newsletter is the best way to get them — and is free. So consider signing up (or take my approach and sign up your kids!). And stay tuned for the winners.

As always, I welcome your thoughts on how to make the newsletter better. It’s an experiment, one that the rest of The Times is following as well. I’m always a bit uncertain how long to make the newsletter, what kind of items to include and so on. So for those of you who have already subscribed, your suggestions are most welcome — and help spread the word to those who aren’t subscribed yet and tell them to sign up.

Nicholas Kristof is the New York Times Columnist. This post first appeared on the pages of New York Times and used here with Author’s permission. Follow Nicholas on Twitter @NickKristof