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July 19, 2023   •   

Suturing a Faith Community Back Together—Through Food

Displaced women who didn’t just pick up the pieces of their lives–they knit their community together.

May 23, 2023   •   

Mob Kills Cleric Accused of Blasphemy

A cleric has become the latest victim in Pakistan where laws criminalize speech or actions deemed insulting or disrespectful toward the Prophet.

November 10, 2022   •   

Religious Minority Students Expelled from School in Pakistan

A private school network has expelled Ahmadi schoolchildren because of their faith.

August 17, 2022   •   

YouTube Channel Reunites Long-Lost Relatives Across South Asia’s Religious Divide

75 years after partition, the Punjabi Lehar YouTube channel brings closure to separated families.

September 7, 2021   •   

Christian Couple, Held on Death Row in Pakistan for Blasphemy, Now Free

Shafqat Emmanuel and Shagufta Kausar, acquitted of blasphemy charges after spending seven years on death row in Pakistan, have been granted asylum in Europe.

January 3, 2021   •   

12-Year-Old Christian Girl Freed After Forced to Convert to Islam and Wed Her Abductor

Acting under court orders, police in Pakistan rescued 12-year-old Farah Shaheen, a Christian girl, five months after she was kidnapped.

June 4, 2020   •   

Christians Denied Food Aid During COVID-19 Pandemic

As financial and food insecurity ravages much of the world in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vietnam and Pakistan governments and aid agencies are denying food aid to disadvantaged minority Christians because of their faith.

January 9, 2020   •   

Lecturer Sentenced to Death in Pakistan for Blasphemy

A university lecturer has been sentenced to death in Pakistan for blaspheming against Islam, drawing international attention to a verdict that independent United Nations human rights monitors have criticized as a “travesty of justice.”

September 26, 2019   •   

The Release of Asia Bibi Fosters Hope for Religious Freedom in Pakistan

The release of Asia Bibi on May 8, 2019, has brought hope to the international religious community for greater tolerance of religious minorities in Pakistan.

July 23, 2018   •   

Extremist Groups are Campaigning in Pakistan Election

Pakistani extremist, leaders accused of spreading religious hatred and instigating sectarian violence, are among those running for seats 25 July in the Pakistani general elections.

January 11, 2018   •   

After Nine Years in a Pakistan Prison for Blasphemy, Free at Last

Mohammad Mansha (58) is a happy man today. The Punjab resident is home after serving the last nine years in prison on a life sentence blasphemy conviction on a charge that Mansha had desecrated a copy of the Quran. In late December 2017, a two-judge panel ruled that Mansha was falsely accused.

November 16, 2017   •   

USCIRF Explains Why it Urges the State Department to Include Russia and Pakistan on the Countries of Particular Concern List

In the annual report, released in April, USCIRF recommended that 16 countries be designated CPCs: Burma, Central African Republic, China, Eritrea, Iran, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

May 23, 2017   •   

Pakistani Media Urged to Foster and Uphold Religious Tolerance

A seminar today in Lahore, India, at the School of Media and Communication Studies of the University of Central Punjab, focused on the role of media in creating religious tolerance.

November 5, 2016   •   

Second Letter Demanding Release of Asia Babi Sent to Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States

How one mother’s defense of her religious beliefs has become a desperate fight for her life.