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Bangkok bail out of refugees is slow as Thai police continue their hardline purge of Pakistani Christian asylum seekers

BANGKOK     - Crackdown! Thai Immigration Detention Centre's torment drives desperate asylum-seekers back to violence in a Pakistan with heightened "blasphemy sensitivities" - Those UNHCR refugees who remain say, "It is difficult to survive."  Pak-Christians held in the Bangkok's Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) are beginning to be permitted bail. Asylum-seekers are trickling out of the IDC, and NGO's are busy trying to help families survive the circumstances of their exile. BPCA has been regularly sending food to IDC and has several families who evaded arrest who have required a stipend to survive without being able work or go out...

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ASIA BIBI: Lord Alton asks questions that cannot be answered, but we must answer them

Picture taken after Wilson Chowdhry's meeting with Lord Alton to discuss our concerns.ASIA BIBI -  HOUSE OF LORDS UK- What makes a country safe for a persecuted Christian falsely accused of blasphemy? Governments must seek the answers that will improve prospects for vulnerable people. Countries must answer the questions that they do not want to hear about whether they are a safe destination for Asia Bibi and others like her. On 20 November 2018 two questions were asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool about Asia Bibi that were left unanswered, by Baroness Williams, Minister of The Home Office, citing safety and security concerns for her family.  ...

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"THREAT ALERT!" Issued by Punjab Police Inspector General warns of joint terrorist attack

LAHORE, PUNJAB: Elite security forces alert detailing concerns about attacks to government building and Christian communities results in British Pakistani Association challenging western nations to ensure Asia Bibi is provided a security detail  Punjab Police Inspector General has issued a threat alert that TTP/JuA  are planning a joint terror attack on Asia Bibi. Both the Tehreek-e-Tahaffuz-e-Pakistan (TTP) and the  Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA) are said to be actively searching for Asia Bibi in order to assassinate her. The message  warns of an attack by militants on Asia Bibi and several other listed targets including Christian communiti...

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Hush, hush on Asia Bibi's asylum as countries shirk at doing anything to "inflame tensions"

ASIA BIBI: Sensitivity & Security named as the rationale for the silence around the world. Fears for Asia and others shout, as "quiet talks" proceed. Politicians hushed by leaders saying: Asia's security is  "the most important thing"! Europe's silence on Asia Bibi is compounded through cancelled hearings or those held behind closed doors as the west cowers at the exhibited intolerance of large swathes of the Muslim Population of Pakistan, finally realising how years of excessive foreign aid budget have had little if no impact on making the nation more accepting of it's minorities. The hushed murmurings on Asia Bibi are welcome by the...

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One year later poppy hero's assailants still at large

BPCA Chairman Wilson Chowdhry visiting Tajamal Amer after the brutal rogue attack in October 2017 A year after a vicious assault on a British Pakistani Christian man by assailants left Derbyshire resident Tajamal Amer with a concussion and bleeding in his brain and unable to work, police have yet to lay charges.   The delivery man was attacked last October 20, 2017 as he was at work delivering food. As his vehicle was his primary workplace, he personalised his space decorating it with poppies in support of the British Armed Services and hanging a cross representing his Christian faith from his rearview mirror. Following the incident his ch...

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Canadians appeal to God and government to help Asia Bibi and other blasphemy victims languishing in Thailand

The crowd gathers to listen to reports about Asia Bibi and the asylum seekers in BangkokBPCA Representative in Canada, Keri-Lynn Gibbs was introduced at this event (pictured here with Peter Bhatti brother of slain Former Minister for Minorities Martyr Shahbaz Bhatti) Pak-Canadian Christians have been diligently lobbying their government to act on behalf of blasphemy victims, and to continue advocacy for Asia Bibi.  Asia Bibi still needs to be removed from the ECL list and diplomatic measures with Pakistan need to continue for her, but also to repeal the blasphemy laws that are at the root of this case. While government engage in talks, and concerned citi...

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Toronto - London: Pak-Christians' dimutisation continues even in the west

Some participants hold up signs with their messages: 23% to 3% strikes a chord. Where have Pakistan's minorities gone?British Pakistani Christian Association sign protesting the blasphemy law and calling for victims to be given asylum With the situation of  Asia Bibi highlighting the extreme marginalization of the small Christian minority in Pakistan many Pakistani Christians feel this invisibility extends to their new homes in western countries.  Politicians who were noticeably silence, refused or have delayed in speaking up on behalf of Asia Bibi are now being asked some hard questions that they would rather not answer. The silence of politici...

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Growing support from British multi-faith communities but still no offer of asylum from Britain

At a meeting held on 14th November 2018 for Sikh's aspiring to engage with parliament at the House of Lords, one of the leading Sikh voices in Britain, Lord Singh, offered his support to the Chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association, Wilson Chowdhry and Asia Bibi. Mr Chowdhry was invited as he has been one of the individuals who has supported the work of the Network of Sikh Organisations, for which Lord Singh is an executive director. During the meeting, Lord Singh delivered a touching tribute to the bravery and tenacity of Asia Bibi, vocalising his support for her to receive asylum in the UK. At the end ...

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Australians Rally for Asia Bibi

In 2009, Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman was wrongfully accused of and then convicted and sentenced to death by hanging in 2010 pursuant to Pakistan’s draconian blasphemy laws. She spent eight years languishing in solitary confinement in squalid and inhumane conditions on Pakistan’s death row. The blasphemy laws are often used as a weapon to vilify, victimise and marginalise an already hurting minority. Two of her biggest supporters, Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti and former Governor of Punjab, Salman Taseer, were both assassinated for advocating for her. Taseer was shot in the back 27 times by his own security detail. Recentl...

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PM's Trade Envoy to Pakistan resigns over the UK's "lack of leadership... to morally do the right thing" on Asia Bibi's case

Reham Chishti has stepped down as Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party and PM's Trade Envoy to Pakistan citing that he does not support the Draft of the EU Trade Agreement and most notably his disappointment with the UK's lack of leadership in doing the right thing regarding Asia Bibi's case. To read his resignation letter (click here) In his letter of resignation posted on Twitter, Mr Chishti said: "What I find shocking is that the British Government is failing to put into practice the core values that our country stands for: religious freedom, justice, morally doing the right thing, and that where we see injustice, when an individual...

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