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Dear Friends,

International Christian Voice along-with religious minorities of Pakistan  would like to thank Canadian Government specially Right Honorable Stephen Harper Prime Minister of Canada,   Honourable John Baird Minister of Foreign Affairs and Honourable Jason Kenny Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to recognize Martyr Shahbaz Bhattis struggle for religious freedom and human rights. Our Canadian government has highly appreciated the life and struggle of Martyr Shahbaz Bhatti on many different occasions, such as when Prime Minister decided it was necessary to establish an office of religious freedom after being inspired by Shahbaz's life.

It is a great privilege and honour for International Christian Voice to receive this award on behalf of Martyr Shahbaz Bhatti. ICV Canada was founded by Martyr Shahbaz Bhatti is committed to follow on Shahbaz Bhatti vision by liberating the oppressed, victimized and vulnerable minorities of Pakistan from persecution, intolerance and human inequality.

ICV also congratulates Susan Trimarco for receiving this award. She has been instrumental in raising awareness about human trafficking in Argentina and throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

Exclusive footage of Shahbaz Bhatti\'s interview

Sara Sumbal needs your help

Sara’s Story

My name is Sara Sumbal. My family and I are asylum seekers in Bangkok, Thailand. We fled our home in Karachi, Pakistan, in 2013 when we became victims of persecution after my father, a Christian evangelist, was labeled a blasphemer under the Blasphemy Law for evangelising a Muslim man. My father was initially threatened by two Muslim clerics to stop evangelising or they would kill him and his family. They then ordered him to convert to Islam and all would be well. When he refused, they and the male members of the Muslim man’s family beat him unconscious and left him for dead on a garbage heap. 

          Sara with her family prior to their detention

After my father’s recovery, the extremists threatened him again with death because he continued holding prayer meetings. Because we were traumatised and terrified, our family fled form Karachi to a friend’s home in the city of Bahawalpur.


Backgrounder - Diefenbaker Award and Recipients Shahbaz Bhatti

Shahbaz Bhatti was elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan in 2008 and named Federal Minister for Minorities a portfolio he accepted because of the opportunity it offered to defend the oppressed and marginalized of Pakistan.