Asia Bibi, a Christian mother recently acquitted by Pakistan’s Supreme Court of a blasphemy conviction that carried a death sentence, is seeking asylum in the Netherlands with her family, her lawyer revealed on Friday. Saiful Malook, who fled Pakistan this week to the Netherlands and has allegedly hinted that he may also seek political asylum there, revealed that Bibi, her husband, and two daughters are seeking asylum in the Netherlands.“Last week, a majority of parties in the Dutch Parliament urged the government to temporarily take charge of Ms Bibi and her family after she was acquitted by Pakistan’s Supreme Court of blasphemy charges for which she had been sentenced to death eight years ago,” the Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) reports. Radical Islamists, mainly linked to anti-blasphemy Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) party, have orchestrated riots across the Muslim country and threatened to kill Bibi, her lawyer, and the judges who cleared her on October 31. … [Read more...] about Attorney: Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi Seeking Asylum in Netherlands
The recently appointed special representative for reconstruction in minority areas of Iraq for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) told Breitbart News he has a message for the Christians and other religious minorities who fled genocide at the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL): Return to your homeland, America has your back. In an interview with Breitbart News on Tuesday, Max Primorac said:I think the religious minorities have been so beaten and persecuted that they thought that they were abandoned. Abandoned by their own government. Abandoned by the international community. The message that I’m bringing is that America cares. America is with them. America is on the ground. They can count on the United States to be a country that leads the world in helping them return home. Addressing Christians, Yazidis, and other minorities who want to return, he stressed, “We’re your partner. We want to help you. We’re there on the ground. We’re … [Read more...] about USAID Urges Christians, Other Minorities to Return to Iraq: ‘America Is on the Ground’
By Rina Chandran BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Christian groups and land-rights campaigners are petitioning the Hong Kong government to abandon a plan to develop artificial islands, saying it is unnecessary and could harm the environment. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam promised last month to boost the supply of land through reclamation and redevelopment, seeking to ease a chronic housing shortage. The programme aims to develop artificial islands with a total area of about 1,700 hectares (4,200 acres) in the next 20 to 30 years to house about 1.1 million people. [nL4N1WQ274] Opponents to the plan, including several Christian groups, say the plan - estimated to cost up to HK$500 billion ($64 billion) - is wasteful and potentially harmful to the environment. "The problem is ineffective land use, not lack of land. It is irresponsible of the government to consider reclamation before using existing resources better," said Yip Po Lam of the Justice and Peace Commission of the … [Read more...] about Hong Kong Christians, rights groups oppose ‘irresponsible’ land plan
Kathy Gannon, Associated Press Updated 5:23 am PST, Friday, November 9, 2018 FILE - In this March 30, 2018, file photo, a Pakistani Christian woman prays during a Good Friday service at a church in Islamabad, Pakistan. The uproar surrounding Aasia Bibi _ a Pakistani Christian woman who was acquitted of blasphemy charges and released from death row but remains in isolation for her protection _ has drawn attention to the plight of the country's Christians.The minority, among Pakistan's poorest, has faced an increasingly intolerant atmosphere in this Muslim-majority nation where radical religious and sectarian groups have become more prominent in recent years. less FILE - In this March 30, 2018, file photo, a Pakistani Christian woman prays during a Good Friday service at a church in Islamabad, Pakistan. The uproar surrounding Aasia Bibi _ a Pakistani Christian woman who ... more Photo: B.K. Bangash, AP FILE - … [Read more...] about AP EXPLAINS: Pakistani Christians, an embattled minority
The persecution of Christians is being ignored because there is no definitive word to describe it, an Archbishop has said. Anba Angaelos, Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London, argued that because there is no Christian equivalent for words such as antiSemitism and Islamophobia the problem was “not seen as the phenomenon which we know it is”. His comments come after the announcement that the Government is to spend £12 million on a programme to champion freedom of religion around the world. The Archbishop argued that because there was no certain expression or concept of Christian persecution, it was simply “left to happen.” He said: “We know it’s a phenomenon in many countries, just as deplorable... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article … [Read more...] about Persecution of Christians ignored because there is no word for it, says Archbishop.