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Pakistan Christians beaten by mob after mosque accuses them of blasphemy

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A small Christian community in Pakistan is living in fear after they were reportedly attacked last week by a mob of enraged radicals because a nearby mosque accused its members of committing blasphemy following an altercation with a Muslim man.

The London-based charity British Pakistani Christian Association reports that two Christian families in the Arif Wala Tehsil district of Punjab province were forced to flee from their homes after the attack last Wednesday by a mob of about 40 Muslim men and children with weapons.

According to BPCA, which is providing financial assistance to the community, the mob was incited by a local mosque that claimed over its loudspeakers that the Christians had insulted Islam.

The mosque allegedly called for Muslim believers to bond together to force the minority Christian community of about seven families out of the village.

Five Christian men from the community are being held in protective custody at a local police station after they were accused by the Muslim man who started the initial altercation of attempted murder.

“Local police from Arifwala police have confirmed that thus far no blasphemy charge has been made which is comforting for the Christian families,” BPCA field officer Mehwish Bhatti said. “However we call on people to pray for this situation to improve as Christian families are not sending their children to school for fear that they will be kidnapped or attacked or worse still killed.”

Bhatti added that a number of Muslim shopkeepers in the community are not selling to Christian families.

“Some families have expressed their desperate plea for help as they have had to go without food on some days,” she explained. A 60-year-old mother was upset because all the earning hands in her family are in police custody.”

The tensions in the community were heightened on May 15 when a Muslim man named Syed Bashir engaged in a phone conversation outside of the home of a Christian family of eight, witnesses told .

But as Bashir began shouting and using foul language, family members became alarmed. It was then that 25-year-old son Naveed Masih asked the man to kindly move his conversation further away from the household.

However, Bashir responded by calling Masih a “dirty cleaner,” an expletive used to describe Christians who are often given dirty jobs in Muslim-majority Pakistan. Bashir also reportedly threatened Masih with death and stated that he would carry out his phone conversations in front of the Masih home every day from there on out.

Bashir punched Masih in the eye, which led Masih to defend himself. Then the rest of the family ran outside to pull Masih back into the house. Bashir allegedly threatened the family with retaliation and left.

Because of the threat, Naveed Masih filed charges of trespassing against Bashir at a police station in Arifwala.

Around 7 p.m. that night, the Masih family overheard an announcement coming from the public address system of the mosque calling for Muslims to push the blasphemers out of the community.

“This was a horrifying moment for my whole family and other Christians,” Farzand told . “In our panic, we started to get ourselves ready to flee our homes and get far away from the village, however, we were all too slow.”

She said that Muslims gathered outside her family’s home, which also serves as the church where the seven Christian families and other Christians from surrounding villages worship.

“The violent mob surrounded our home and all of them had weapons including guns — which were being shot in the air, sticks, axes, poles and farming tools,” Shukantila continued, adding that even small children were carrying weapons. “The mob began shouting outside our home, asking for our family to exit our home and receive divine retribution for our sin.”

Members from another Christian family in the neighborhood came out of their home in an attempt to appeal to the mob in peace, BPCA notes. However, that family was beaten. The mob reportedly told the family to leave the area or be burned alive in their homes.

Members of the Masih family then came out of their home to help the other family.

BPCA reports that between the two Christian families, seven men were beaten while some Christian women were also beaten when they came out to help. According to BPCA, the women returned home when they were told by members of the mob that they would be kidnapped or raped.

The Christian families were aided by Muslim women who intervened in the violence and helped the families to escape.

The two families sought shelter in the home of a moderate Muslim lawyer. When the mob threatened the lawyer to release the families, the lawyer called the police and filed a report against the mob. That caused the mob to disperse.

Bhatti confirmed with the local police station that no charges of blasphemy have been filed against the Christian community, a crime that is punishable by death or life in prison.

However, Naveed Masih, his father, his brother, and two other Christian men were accused by Bashir of attempted murder.

While the five Christian men are being held in protective custody, BPCA maintains that their detention is only a ploy to get the enraged radicals to think that they had been arrested.

The charges reported to police are in the process of being investigated.

Although there are evidence and witnesses who can attest to the mob attack occurring against the Christian community, no one who participated in the mob has been arrested, according to BPCA.

BPCA field officer Zeeshan Masih visited with the families after they returned back to their homes. He too reported being threatened by local men for supporting the Christian families.

“Clear crimes have been committed by those who formed the violent mob and the evidence of a prominent local Muslim lawyer will no doubt help bring some justice into the situation over time,” BPCA Chairman said in a statement. “However, we are fearful of the existing social-tension and have alerted local police of our concerns for other Christians outside of police custody.”

Pakistan ranks as the fifth worst country in the world when it comes to Christian persecution, according to Open Doors USA’s 2019 World Watch List.

As a Muslim-majority country, Christians make up around 2 percent of the nation’s population and regularly face discrimination.

Religious freedom advocates have long spoken out against Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, contending that they are often used by Muslims to persecute or settle scores with religious minorities.

Thousands of Pakistani Christians over the years have fled to become refugees in nations like Thailand, Sri Lanka and Malaysia in hopes of being given asylum in a safer country.

Last year, the U.S. State Department designated Pakistan, a strategic ally in the region, as a “country of particular concern” for having “engaged in or tolerated systematic, ongoing and egregious violations of religious freedom.”

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Nigeria – On September 24, two militants suspected to belong to the terror group Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), shot and killed two Christians in Kano, the capital city of Plateau state.

The two Christians who were murdered, Ifeanyi Ilechukwu and Chibuke Emannuel, were sitting at their shop at around 8pm. Two terrorists approached them and shot them at close range. Ifeanyi died instantly, and Chibuke died the following day in the hospital. The murders came less than a week after ISWAP bombed a Christian-owned business in northeastern Nigeria on September 18. Nobody died in that incident, but the three Christians who were in the shop at the time had to be rushed to the hospital.

Across Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, there has been a rise in crime and violence exacerbated by the economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Armed robberies occur often, and kidnappings for ransom have become increasingly common. The northwestern parts of the country have seen mass abductions of children from schools and indiscriminate attacks on towns and villages by armed gangs.

However, the worst and longest-running security crisis remains the one in the northeast, where Boko Haram and ISWAP, which broke out of the former, have killed, abducted, and looted on a massive scale while fighting against the Nigerian military. The radicalized Islamic groups are attempting to establish a caliphate in the region, and they frequently target Christians in their attacks.
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തെറ്റിദ്ധരിപ്പിക്കുന്ന പരസ്യങ്ങൾ: 24 ഓണ്‍ലൈന്‍ പരസ്യ ദാതാക്കള്‍ക്ക് പിഴ ചുമത്തി സൗദി

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സൗദി: തെറ്റിദ്ധരിപ്പിക്കുന്ന രീതിയിൽ പരസ്യങ്ങൾ നൽകിയ 24 ഓണ്‍ലൈന്‍ പരസ്യ ദാതാക്കള്‍ക്ക് പിഴ ചുമത്തി സൗദി. സൗദി വാണിജ്യ മന്ത്രാലയം ആണ് പിഴ ചുമത്തിയ വിവരം പുറത്തുവിട്ടത്. രാജ്യത്ത് നിലനിൽക്കുന്ന ഇ കൊമേഴ്‌സ് നിയമം ലംഘിച്ചാണ് പരസ്യം പുറത്തുവിട്ടത്. പരസ്യങ്ങൾ പുറത്തുവിട്ടവരിൽ സ്ത്രീകളും ഉൾപ്പെടും. ഇന്‍സ്റ്റാഗ്രാം, സ്‌നാപ്ചാറ്റ്, ടിക് ടോക്, ട്വിറ്റര്‍ തുടങ്ങിയ സോഷ്യൽ മീഡിയ വഴിയാണ് ഇവർ പരസ്യങ്ങൾ പുറത്തുവിട്ടത്.

പരസ്യങ്ങൾ തെറ്റിദ്ധരിപ്പിക്കുന്നതും ആളുകളെ വഞ്ചിക്കുന്നതും ആണ്. ഇത്തരത്തിലുള്ള പരസ്യങ്ങൾ പങ്കുവെച്ചതിനാണ് ഇവർക്കെതിരെ കേസ് എടുത്തിരിക്കുന്നത്. പരസ്യങ്ങളിൽ ഇവർ തെറ്റായ വാദങ്ങൾ ആണ് ഉന്നയിക്കുന്നത്. തെറ്റായ അവകാശവാദങ്ങളും മുന്നോട്ടുവെക്കുന്നുണ്ട്. രാജ്യത്ത് ഇത്തരത്തിലുള്ള പരസ്യങ്ങൾ പുറത്തുവിടുന്നത് സംബന്ധിച്ച് ശക്തമായ നിയമം നിലനിൽക്കുന്നുണ്ട്. ഇത് തെറ്റിച്ചതിനാണ് നടപടിയുമായി അധികൃതർ എത്തിയിരിക്കുന്നത്. ഇതൊരു പാഠം ആയിരിക്കുമെന്നും നിയമം എല്ലാവർക്കും ബാധകമാണെന്നും ഇ കൊമേഴ്‌സ് നിയമത്തിലെ വ്യവസ്ഥകള്‍ ലംഘിച്ചാൽ ശക്തമായ നടപടി സ്വീകരിക്കും എന്ന് അധികൃതർ അറിയിച്ചു.
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Khmer Bible editor’s treason conviction upheld in Cambodia

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Cambodia’s Supreme Court has upheld a six-year jail term imposed on Theary Seng, a prominent Christian and pro-democracy advocate who was jailed for treason after backing former opposition leader Sam Rainsy and the outlawed Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP).

“I think this was unfair for my client,” her defense lawyer, Choung Chou Ngy, who filed the motion to appeal in August, said after the decision.

Judge Kong Srim ordered that Theary Seng remain in prison after the Supreme Court agreed with the lower court’s verdict, adding her release would affect public order.

Theary Seng, whose work includes editing the Khmer version of the Bible, was among more than 120 people charged in three mass trials that followed Sam Rainsy’s failed bid to return to Cambodia in late 2019 when he promised to oust Prime Minister Hun Sen.

She was one of more than 50 CNRP activists convicted and jailed in June and was moved from a prison in Phnom Penh to another in Preah Vihear, in the remote north, after prison officers lodged complaints saying that she could incite other female prisoners.

“This regime will not let me go free,” she said ahead of the June verdict. “It will be an unfair and unjust verdict, because I am innocent, the others charged with me are innocent. But we are living in a dictatorship.”

Theary Seng was barred from entering the courtroom to hear her own verdict because she was dressed as the Statue of Liberty. Instead, she was arrested outside the court and jailed.

Four weeks ago an appeals court declined to grant Theary Seng – a Cambodian-American dual citizen – a request for release while her appeal was being heard.

“Given the circumstances, Theary is holding up quite well,” a close relative, who declined to be named, told UCA News recently. “She’s in good shape.”

Two more mass trials have since been launched while the marathon treason trial of former leader Kem Sokha continues amid claims by human rights groups the courts were being used to silence the government’s critics.

On Wednesday, Kem Sokha told the Phnom Penh Municipal Court that he was not involved with the Serbian-based Centre for Applied Non-violent Action and Strategies (Canvas) which the court claimed had trained 15 CNRP activists with “color revolutionary” strategies.

The CNRP was dissolved by the courts in late 2017 amid claims it was attempting to topple the government through a color revolution.

A crackdown on dissent followed and the long-ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) won all 125 seats contested at national elections in July, the following year.

But the crackdown escalated dramatically after Sam Rainsy – who led the CNRP jointly with Kem Sokha – threatened to return from self-imposed exile in November 2019.

Hundreds of his supporters have been rounded up since then and jailed.
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