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Lahore, 20 year old Christian tortured and killed by police
Zubair Masih was violently beaten while held overnight in police custody. He was arrested along with some relatives, after a Muslim accused his mother of theft. Mobilization of activists and civil society opens investigation against police. Little hope the Christian family will obtain justice.
Punjab, Catholic activist murdered by Muslim Mafia
Akram Masih, married and father of four children, was killed last night by an armed commando close to Muslim landowners. For years the man was the target of threats, for his strenuous battle to defend the rights of minorities. Local Priest: Muslims landowners "steal" Christian property with the support of authorities.
More than 1,500 people die of torture in Indian prison, human rights activist says
Commenting data from a report released this year on violence in his country, Lenin Raghuvanshi slams the arbitrary use of force by law enforcement to extract confessions. In the five years covered by the report, from 2002 to 2007, almost 7,500 died in custody.
Punjab, convert to Islam or die: The 20 year long nightmare of a Christian family
Since the late 1980s Sadiq Masih Zafar and his family have been living under the constant threat of Islamist groups. In 1998, his daughter was kidnapped and seriously injured. Today her sister is being threatened with a similar fate. Despite reporting these threats, the police has never intervened. Lahore Priest: extremists enjoy impunity.
Torture is an "expanding scourge" in Asia
Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch, notes the systematic and regular nature of state-sanctioned violence. Officials guilty of torture enjoy immunity or are defended by the system. He wants to re-double the efforts to end it, as Pope Francis said in his Sunday Angelus.
29/06/2009 TIBET - CHINA
Tibetans commemorate World Day Against Torture
Each year the United Nations recall the firm and total condemnation of torture and all inhuman treatment. Tibetans in China point out that these practices are still widespread and call on Beijing and the world to intervene.
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