Freedom of religion

UPDATE (Pakistan): Victim’s sister receives death threat; Victim’s family needs urgent protection

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is gravely concerned that Ms. Samina Khokhar, the sister of Irfan Khokhar, has received a death threat from unknown men who are believed to be connected to the perpetrators of her brother’s murder. Irfan Khokhar was the information coordinator of Peace Worldwide, a Christian organization based in […]

PAKISTAN: Member of Christian minority community killed

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has learned that Irfan Khokhar, the information coordinator of Peace Worldwide, a Christian organisation based in Islamabad, Pakistan, was murdered by three men on the night of Feb. 7, 2004. Since his death, the family of the victim have been intimidated by Hafiz Atta ur Rehman, who […]

PAKISTAN: A young woman killed by her husband on the pretext of honour killing

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a 30-year-old woman named Ms. Hidayat was allegedly killed by her husband, Mr. Momin Ali Mahar in Dal village, Lakhi Ghulam Shah Town, Shikarpur District, Sindh Province, Pakistan on 29 February 2004. The case was registered at the Chak Police Station. However, a human […]

PAKISTAN: Attack on the Bible Society in Karachi

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information of an attack against the Christian minority in Karachi, Pakistan. On 15 January 2004, a hand grenade was thrown through the window of the Bible Society, injuring one of the staff, Peter Pervaiz. About 20 minutes later, during which time people had gathered outside […]

INDIA: Religious intolerance and communal violence in Jhabua, India

Dear Friends  We are forwarding you an appeal from Hotline Asia regarding the tragic rape and murder of a 9 year old girl, which incident was used to provoke religious intolerance and violence against the Christian minority in Jhabua, India. Please read the short account of the incident and take the action requested.  Urgent Appeals […]

UPDATE (INDIA): Update on expulsion of Sr Vanaselvi while in detention

Dear friends The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) had previously issued urgent appeals and wrote appeal letters to the Congregation of Mother of Sorrows Servants of Mary calling for the justice for Sr. Vanaselvi who was exqelled by the Congregation while she was in detention. Sr. Vanaselvi was arrested by the Suramangalam Police of Salem […]

INDIA: Support Religious Freedom in India

Dear Friends, Support Religious Freedom in India We need your help to prevent the loss of religious freedom in Gujarat. Please support religious freedom in India and fax a letter of concern today. Thank you. Urgent Appeals Desk Asian Human Rights Commission Dear partners and friends of the All India Christian Council. This is another […]

UPDATE (PAKISTAN): The sole survivor of the attack is illegally confined and is feared of being tortured

Regarding the recent attack on the office of IDAR-E-AMN-O-INSAF (Institute for Justice and Peace), where seven innocent Christians were murdered on 25 September 2002 in Karachi, Mr. Robin Peeran Ditta (32), the only surviving employee at the time of the incident, has been illegally confined in police custody. Instead of arresting the real culprits, Mr. […]

INDIA: 10 years impunity for Convent well murder of young nun

10 years impunity for Convent well murder of young nun INDIA – Impunity for murder ——————————————————————– There is an astounding case regarding a decade of justice denied in Kerala state of India. The 21 year-old body of Sr. Abhaya was found at the bottom of a Convent well in 1992. The Church authorities claimed that […]

INDIA: Mass crimes against humanity based on religious intolerance

Dear Friends,  In the aftermath of the savage violence in the Indian state of Gujarat, many of the survivors and families of the victims are in a desperate situation. Most of them are suffering from not only a lack of basic commodities but also from mental trauma and fear of an epidemic breaking out. We […]

UPDATE (India): More appeals for justice for Sr Vanaselvi

Dear Friends  For your continued information and attention to this case, we are issuing here three letters that have been sent on behalf of Sister Vanaselvi, who was summarily ejected from her Order and ostracised upon being arrested by the police on what have so far proven to be baseless charges. If you have not […]

PAKISTAN: Stop violence in the name of religion

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to forward an appeal from Citizens for Democracy (CFD). Citizens for Democracy (CFD) is an umbrella group of professional organizations, political parties, trade unions and individuals outraged by the consistent misuse and abuse of the ‘blasphemy laws’ and of religion in politics. For more information, please […]

FORWARDED APPEAL (Bangladesh): Legal action against one human rights advocate due to his work on illegal demolition of one Hindu temple by the armed forces

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is forwarding an urgent appeal issued by the Human Rights Congress for Banglaesh Minorities (HRCBM) regarding the legal action against its Dhaka chapter President, Rabindra Ghosh. A case was filed against the victim alleging his work as anti-state, after he contacted several local government officials to inquire […]

FORWARDED APPEAL (Philippines): A learning center run by religious groups allegedly torched by military agents in Aurora, Luzon

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is forwarding to you an appeal from KARAPATAN (Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights), a human rights organization based in Manila. The group reported that a learning center, Bataris Formation Center, which was built by the religious groups, was torched by unidentified men believed to be […]