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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.

Ijaz ParasIn 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

 

     May 6, 2017
 Internationalzafer bhatti Christian Voice has come to learn that another Pakistani
Christian man has been sentenced to life imprisonment under Pakistan’s blasphemy law, despite the absence of evidence to support  the charge against him.

    According to CLAAS, Bhatti was charged under blasphemy law section 295C and telegraph act section 25D in 2012 for sending blasphemous text messages from his mobile phone, a phone which is was not registered to his name. He denies the charges. He has been held in prison since that time.

The International Christian Voice (ICV) hosted a fundraising gala for refugee families while celebrating the life of Martyr Shahbaz Bhatti at Woodbine Banquet and Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Shahbaz Bhatti Memorial Gala was organized in partnership with Weston Road Pentecostal Church and supported by lead sponsor Derek Lobo.

The purpose of this event was to highlight the plight of Pakistani Christian refugees around the world, specifically in Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia, and to raise money to sponsor at least one of the most deserving refugee families to bring to Canada. This occasion also marked the sixth death anniversary of Martyr Shahbaz Bhatti who gave his life for the cause of human rights and religious freedom in Pakistan.

3 year-old Christian girl Raped in Pakistan

International Christian Voice (ICV) has come to learn that a 3-year-old Christian baby girl, Saiba Masih, has been raped in the city of Chishtian in the district of Bahawalnagar, Pakistan. Saiba is the daughter of Shafqat Masih and Catherine Bibi. Catherine is a single mother and has two other children, Altaf and Daud. She is a sanitary worker and her eldest son Altaf Masih, 22, is a rickshaw driver.

International Christian Voice is a human rights organization that works to be the voice of the voiceless persecuted religious minorities in Pakistan and around the world. ICV tirelessly works to carry on the mission and vision of Martyr Shahbaz Bhatti by highlighting the plight of suffering communities.  ICV was founded by Martyr Shahbaz Bhatti who sacrificed his life for  this very cause.

ICV FUND RAISINGOn March 3, 2017, ICV is hosting the “Martyr Shahbaz Bhatti Memorial Gala”. The Gala will be held in remembrance of Martyr Shahbaz Bhatti’s life.  This year we will honour Martyr Shahbaz Bhatti’s life by working towards sponsoring Pakistani Christian refugees from Thailand. Thousands of Pakistani refugees have fled their homes in Pakistan to seek asylum in Thailand due to severe persecution. 

Appeal for support to Aanya Faris and family  

International Christian Voice (ICV) desires to be the voice of the voiceless Christians and other religious minorities of Pakistan.  Through local empowerment, international lobbying and assisting families fleeing from danger amongst many other things, International Christian Voice does all that it can to bring freedom to the lives of Pakistani Christians and other religious minorities. 

International Christian Voice held candle Vigil for Victims of Lahore Attack

On March 27, 2016, Easter Sunday, a deadly suicide bombing took place in Gulshan-e-Iqbal park in Lahore, Pakistan. Many Christian families were celebrating Easter with their loved ones while Muslims were enjoying an evening out with their families when suddenly a suicide bomber blew himself up inside the park. Over 70 people were killed in his horrific incidence and hundreds others injured. Many who were killed were women and children.

Press Release
5th Annual Commemoration of Martyr Shahbaz Bhatti

On Saturday, March 5, 2016, International Christian Voice (ICV) held an event in commemoration and celebration of the life of Martyr Shahbaz Bhatti at the Canadian Coptic Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.More than 450 people attended the event. As it was Martyr Shahbaz Bhatti’s 5th death anniversary, ICV organized this event to gather members of the Canadian and Pakistani community, including government officials and community leaders, to pay tribute to the life and legacy of our great hero and to recommit our joint efforts in carrying forward his mission to liberate the oppressed religious minorities of Pakistan. The purpose of the event was to remember the sacrifice of Martyr Shahbaz Bhatti and all other liberal thinkers in Pakistan who devoted their lives to the cause of religious equality in Pakistan and around the world.

 Reservations: Ex-minister wants restoration of minorities’ ministryDr.Paul Bhatti

Says events will be held to mark death annive­rsary of Shahba­z Bhatti­

By Ali Usman
Published: February 24, 2016
Former federal minister Dr Paul Bhatti. PHOTO: PID/FILE

LAHORE: There should be a platform at the federal level for the representation of minorities, said former federal minister Dr Paul Bhatti on Monday.

Taking to The Express Tribune, Dr Bhatti, a brother of slain federal minister Shahbaz Bhatti, said that during the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government, the Ministry of National Harmony had provided minorities better representation.

          ICV Celebrating the 5th Martyrdom Anniversary of Shahbaz Bhatti   

       

A young Christian girl Agnes Shukat D/O,Shukat Masih Lahore Cantt was kidnapped by her owner Uzma.

According to Minority Rights Activist khaild Shahzad, Lahore: 24/11/2015. Agnes Shaukat D/O Shaukat Masih from Lahore Cantt was working in Sun Rita boutique as sales girl in Lahore Cantt. On 20th of November 2015 she usual left home for her duty. After 9:00.p.m. when she never arrives home, her parents got worried after 10:00.p.m her parents asked to boutique’s owner about her disappearance, the owners got angry and try to convert their attention and assure her cooperation.

A young Christian girl Agnes Shukat D/O,Shukat Masih Lahore Cantt was kidnapped by her owner Uzma.

According to minority Rights Activist khild Shahzad, Lahore: 24/11/2015. Agnes Shaukat D/O Shaukat Masih from Lahore Cantt was working in Sun Rita boutique as sales girl in Lahore Cantt. On 20th of November 2015 she usual left home for her duty. After 9:00.p.m. when she never arrives home, her parents got worried after 10:00.p.m her parents asked to boutique’s owner about her disappearance, the owners got angry and try to convert their attention and assure her cooperation.

 

 

International Christian Voice Canada strongly condemns attacks on Paris city today; our heart breaks due to the attacks on Paris. There are no words to express the amount of grief the world feels today; these attacks have been an attack on all of humanity. 

It is important for us to stand united now more than ever before against forces of terrorism.

We pray for the strength and comfort for all the families and friends of the victims and for the nation of Paris.

May God be with Paris during this very difficult time.

Peter Bhatti

Chairman

International Christian Voice, Canada 

 http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/13/world/paris-shooting/

 

 

 

 

International Christian Voice is pleased to say that the Supreme Court of Pakistan has made the decision to maintain the conviction of Mumtaz Qadri, the killer of Governor Salman Taseer.  This decision made by the Anti-Terrorism Court is a landmark judgement.

Mob Sets the House of a Christian Family

An aggressive mob sets house of a Christian family on fire, with the intention of burning the family within the house as well.

According to reports, home of a Christian family was reduced to ashes when an aggressive mob set it ablaze on September 10, Thursday. The radicals tried to burn the Christian family inside the house alive purportedly. It has been claimed by the victims that the alleged perpetrators had the intentions of obtaining the property of the Christian family.

Letter to UNHCR From International Christian Voice (ICV)Pakistani Christians Lives are at Risk

September 7, 2015

Dear Sir/ Madam,

I would like to bring to your kind attention the situation of Christians in Pakistan and abroad.
Christians of Pakistan are loyal and patriotic citizens of Pakistan. Since its creation until now, they have participated more than other in the development and prosperity of Pakistan. Unfortunately every ruler, to prolong their ruling,introduced discriminatory laws and incorporated the laws into the constitution of Pakistan. These include the blasphemy laws and other discriminatory laws.
Due to these laws, forces of violence and militant organizations such as the Tehrik-E-Taliban and Al-Qaida easily persecute the Christians of Pakistan and the Government of
Pakistan has been unable to control them.

Repeal Blasphmy Laws

POSTED BY: R.E.A.L. ORGANIZATION JULY 22, 2015


The families of two Pakistan Christian brothers, Qaisar and Amoon, arrested for blasphemy are calling for Christians to assist in providing legal support for their defense. They are in the Jhelum District Jail, after being on the run for four years as a result of wild "blasphemy" charges against them, made in retaliation for one of their friend making a remark about someone's sister. When the brothers heard that blasphemy charges were being filed, they reportedly fled Pakistan, including spending time in Thailand, where they could not stay. When they returned to Pakistan, they were arrested for under the false blasphemy charge used to bully and persecute Pakistan Christians.

Dear Friends

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.

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

 

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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.

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