ICV Condemns burning of Christian Boy in Pakistan
We are informing you with very broken and heavy hearts that the 14 year old Christian boy Noman Masih, who was burnt for his Christian faith in Sharakot, Lahore on April 9, 2015, has died in the Mayo hospital after struggling with his critical situation from the last couple of days. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Noman's funeral service is taking place today (April 15, 2015) in Lahore.
International Christian Voice strongly condemns the killing of this innocent and poor boy and asks again the government of Pakistan to arrest the culprits and bring them to justice.
We request all you to pray for Christians and other religious minorities of Pakistan who are continually going through severe persecution and injustices.
We also ask you to pray for Pakistan, that God Almighty bring in leaders who are able to protect the citizens of Pakistan and create a country where everybody can live in harmony and without fear.
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Canada Establishes External Advisory Committee on Religious Freedom to Advise Office of Religious Freedom
June 22, 2015- Ottawa, Ontario - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the establishment of an External Advisory Committee (EAC) on religious freedom.
The Committee comprises 23 prominent leaders from a wide variety of Canadian faith and belief communities representative of Canada’s diversity. It will advise the Office of Religious Freedom on the exercise of its mandate to promote and defend religious freedom internationally as a central element of Canada’s principled foreign policy.
The inaugural meeting of the EAC was hosted today at Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada in Ottawa by Minister Nicholson, and Andrew Bennett, Canada’s Ambassador for Religious Freedom.
The EAC will meet semi-annually. It is chaired by Father Raymond J. de Souza, a Roman Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Kingston and Chaplain at the Newman Centre, Queen’s University. Corinne Box of the Bahá’í Community of Canada and Malik Talib, President of the Aga Khan Council for Canada, serve as vice chairs of the EAC.
- The Government of Canada officially opened its Office of Religious Freedom within Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada.
- The mandate of the Office is to protect, and advocate on behalf of, religious minorities under threat; oppose religious hatred and intolerance; and promote Canadian values of pluralism and tolerance abroad.
“Since the creation of the Office of Religious Freedom, Canada has established itself as a global leader in advocating for and defending persecuted religious communities around the world. In the context of global threats to religious freedom, EAC members will provide valuable insight from the perspectives of their communities and their depth of experience, which will enrich and enhance the monitoring and advocacy work conducted by the Office of Religious Freedom.”
- The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs
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Federal Minister for Minorities Shahbaz Bhatti was assassinated on Wednesday during an attack on his vehicle in Islamabad.
Shahbaz Bhatti, son of Jacob Bhatti was born on September 9,1968 in Faisalabad, Pakistan,
Bhatti was the first Christian parliamentarian who was offered and took oath as Federal Minister of Minorities Affairs in Pakistan. His predecessors had been offered only a state minister position
Bhatti was one of the founding members of the organisation ‘All Pakistan Minorities Alliance’ (APMA) in 1985 and was considered a representative of the religious minorities in Pakistan.
Bhatti joined Pakistani People’s Party (PPP) in 2002. As a political leader, he had continuously asked minority groups to fight for their rights through the system instead of using violence. He was considered great admirer of Pakistan’s founder Jinnah and a true patriot.