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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

Pakistani Christian Asylum Seeker Dies in IDC, Bangkok, Thailand

International Christian Voice (ICV) is very saddened to learn that 36-year-old Pakistani Christian asylum seeker Mr. Ijaz Paras Masih has died in Bangkok, Thailand while in an Immigration Detention Centre. He had been facing serious health concerns for many months and succumbed to his illness on May 26, 2017 due to a lack of medical treatment.

In the IDC, his health deteriorated substantially. His first heart attack occurred last year and he had become paralyzed since. He repeatedly requested Thai officials in the IDC to provide him with the appropriate medical treatment but it was not provided to him, ultimately leading  to  his death. Ijaz Masih is sadly not the first Pakistani Christian who has died inside a detention centre due to the negligence of Thai Authorities and local UNHCR officials. Many other individuals and families continue to suffer from the maltreatment and inhumane conditions inside Thai IDCs.

   Ijaz Paras Masih



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.