» 03/18/2016, 09.21
Islamabad: Easter will be a holiday for Christians; Holi and Diwali for Hindus
The resolution was presented by a Hindu deputy. Activists working on behalf of minorities appreciate the decision. Others point out some shortcomings: the holidays will be reserved only for religious minorities and not to the entire population. Focus needed on concrete respect for minority rights.
29/03/2016 17:43:00 PAKISTAN
Government should tackle fundamentalism once and for all, says NCJP
For the Peace and Justice commission, “killing innocent people, in particular women and children, in the name of religion is unacceptable.” In addition to a military response, the Pakistani government should “address the root causes of this intolerance”.
Despite threats from the Taliban, we are working for the good of the country, Pakistani Catholic say
Religious minorities, including the Christian community, are victims of a campaign of intimidation. Fundamentalists want to force conversion and extort money. The executive secretary of the National Commission for Justice and Peace of the Catholic Church highlights its commitment to the population and to the topmost principle of the “separation of state and religion.”
29/07/2016 15:12:00 PAKISTAN
For Justice and Peace, textbooks are full of intolerance and hatred towards non-Muslims
The Episcopal Commission presents a comprehensive study on violent content in curriculum. Many references to hatred and intolerance fuel an atmosphere of violence, religious fanaticism and extremism. Over the years, textbooks have been cleansed of references to non-Muslim heroes, whilst “weapon-wielding warriors” have been chosen as heroes.
Faisalabad, Christians and Muslims investigating case of young man charged with blasphemy
An inter-religious committee will examine the case of Imran Masih, arrested and tortured for having burned pages of the Koran and beaten by police. A Catholic priest points out that is a "positive step" to dissolve the tension. Involving Muslim leaders to dismantle the charges against the young man.
Countdown for democracy in Islamabad
After five years pro-Musharraf National Assembly is dissolved at the stroke of midnight tonight. Elections are scheduled for January 9 but arrests and human rights violations continue throughout the country. Justice and Peace Commission calls for a return to constitutional rule and an independent judiciary.
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