» 07/26/2011, 00.00
NEPAL - BANGLADESH
AsiaNews correspondent fleeing from Bangladesh seized by the authorities in Nepal
Since May 27 the police in Nepal have held William Gomes in custody for no reason. The activist was trying to reach Hong Kong via Nepal after being tortured and threatened by the authorities of Dhaka for his activities on behalf of Christians. Spokesman of the main opposition party accuses the government of Nepal of serious violations of human rights and calls on the Prime Minister to resign.
Christian human rights activist abducted and tortured in Bangladesh
A group of men, perhaps from military intelligence, threatened him. They also accused him that he had been corrupted by Pakistani intelligence and the opposition to discredit the government and the military. William Gomes, a Muslim convert to Christianity, works for Asian Human Rights Commission. He also runs a humanitarian organisation called Christian Development Alternative.
Christian convert from Islam and family threatened with death
After Friday prayers a group of zealots attacked the house of William Gomes, a young Muslim who converted to Christianity and human rights activist. The police takes no steps to ensure his protection.
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Speaking to AsiaNews, Anil Gomes (not his real name for security reasons) explains that he converted to Christianity after reading a passage from the New Testament. Since then he has lost every job. His body shows the wounds from assaults and murder attempts. "I cannot maintain my family. Pray for me".
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Shibu Gomes, 55, has buried at least 95 people. Digging graves is hard work; "for each, I remove almost a metric tonne of earth." He would like to have some help, "but only to make sure that I do not get buried alive when digging."
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For years Sunil Gomes had suffered pressure from Muslim neighbours. In 2009 they shot at his home and confiscated part of his garden. His older sister is terrified: "No one defends us because we are Catholics. Muslims can attack at any moment".
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