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Some of the material I'll be presenting to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada later this week:

1. The life of Younus Shaikh:

Following his release in the greatest secrecy on 21st November 2003 Younus Shaikh initially remained in Pakistan but his accusers than lodged an appeal against his acquittal, and he has now left Pakistan for Europe and safety.

[...]

Many victims of the Pakistani blasphemy laws have failed to survive prison, and a number of those tried and acquitted have been murdered following their release. As recently as July 2002, Mohammed Yousaf was shot dead inside the Central Gaol in Lahore while awaiting his appeal. On 7th February 2003, Mushtaq Zafar, a 55 year-old man accused of blasphemy was shot dead on his way home from the High Court. And in June 2003, Naseem Bibi, 35, who had been the victim of a gang rape by police, was charged with blasphemy, and was murdered in prison before her trial could begin.

Even the legal profession are not immune from attack. Defence lawyers have been intimidated by fundamentalists and even a High Court judge was murdered after acquitting an accused.

A supporter of Mr. Shaikh anonymously comments:

“It is also a sad reflection on the state and society of Pakistan that even when individuals are exonerated by law of any guilt, they are forced to flee the country for their safety. The state or society is unable or unwilling to provide them protection. Dr. Sheikh was not at all eager to leave the country. If he had a choice he would have stayed with his family and friends [...]"

2. The life of Yasaar Hameed, an ex-Muslim:

A Pakistani “blasphemy” suspect has appealed for asylum in Holland after facing police torture and attacks by Muslim extremists for his controversial religious views.

[...]

In addition to the legal accusations of blasphemy, “there were processions against us,” Hameed recounts. “First they were only in Lahore, and then it spread to the whole of Pakistan. Muslims threw petrol bombs on our houses and killed many of us. I was shot six times.”

Extremists murdered his younger brother – who had become a Christian – in March 1998.

3. The life of Sehar Muhammad Shafi, an apostate. She:

[...] fled her home city of Karachi with her husband and two young daughters after being attacked and raped for changing her faith.

With help from the Center for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement, the Christian couple has relocated to another city. But as long as Shafi and her family remain in Pakistan, they must hide the truth of Shafi’s conversion.

How apostates are treated in Pakistan:

Pakistani Muslims often cut all ties with a family member who converts to another religion. “Apostates” – those who renounce Islam – can experience difficulty finding a job, and they may even face torture and death at the hands of vigilante extremists.

[...]

According to Rehman, director of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, many Pakistani Muslims view leaving Islam – “apostasy” – as a form of blasphemy, a crime that merits either life imprisonment or death under Pakistani law.

[...]

During recent debate surrounding the trial of Abdul Rahman, a Muslim convert to Christianity in Afghanistan, Pakistani clerics reinforced their stance that “apostates” be punished with death.

“Pakistan’s top cleric, Mufti Munib ur Rehman, announced that ‘if a state is truly Islamic,’ it would have to kill the apostate,” Pakistani newspaper Daily Times reported in a March 29 editorial.

4. The life of Ranjha Masih:

A Pakistani Christian has won a religious persecution award after spending eight years in prison on contested charges that he damaged a sign containing verses from the Quran.

Read that sentence again.

At least 23 people involved in blasphemy cases have been murdered in Pakistan, according to the National Commission for Justice and Peace. A quarter of the victims were Christians, although Christians constitute less than 2 percent of the country’s population.

Masih, his wife and six children may face greater danger if Masih is acquitted.

“In case [Masih] is released, it is to be feared that he, like other acquitted Christian blasphemy prisoners, will have to live in hiding or outside of Pakistan,” an IGFM representative told Compass. “The threat from Islamic extremists and self-proclaimed guardians of sharia, Islamic law, would be too great.”

Dear Reader: If you come across a story about Pakistan and the treatment of ex-Muslims (or blasphemers), then do send me the link. I'd appreciate it.

Credit for the above links
:
Adil - for emailing me the article about Younus Shaikh.
Robert Spencer - for linking to many recent news items in one post.

[This post was originally published on Sep. 04, 2006 at 06:15 a.m.]

Comments

David Goldberg

I hope that your hearing goes well. It would be a shame if your refugee statis was denied. Seems to me from stories I've read, and things I've seen on T.V that to often in Canada those that truly deserve refugee statis are denied while those that make stuff up are approved. Its a shame and something Canadians should be ashamed of.

Hopefully you'll get some people who arent so clouded with the PC mindset and can actually understand where you are coming from. Are you also going to bring news items about that man from afghanistan? I know its not pakistan but it certainly shows a precedent for someone who has left Islam and is living in a fairly religous/conservative country.

David Goldberg

Found this article....http://www.pww.org.pk/index.php?link=NewsDetails&mod=News&id=3

Maybe this guy is related to Ranjah Masih? I'm not sure, but there last names are the same and circumstances are somewhat similiar. You should take a gander at that website as well has some stuff you might find usefull.

Michael van der Galien

How stringent are the rules in Canada exactly?

Isaac Schrödinger

"How stringent are the rules in Canada exactly?"

I don't have a frame of reference, so I can't say much about that.

When I applied for refugee protection, I underwent an interview. I had also prepared a two-and-a-half page statement. That was enough for them to see that my claim was valid.

Later I sent them human rights reports and news items about the treatment of ex-Muslims in Pakistan. Now, I'll be meeting with them to set the time for the hearing. (I'll also take more recent news items with myself.)

Soon, it'll comes down to three judges. They'll decide if what I've presented warrants my receiving refugee status.

David Goldberg

Im no expert on our rules for refugee statis. From what I learned in high school studying charter rights and such and from other things I've seen or read Canada is fairly decent when dealing with refugee's who truly would face bodily harm or death if they returned to their home country. In regards to Isaac, I'd really hope they read what you sent them and aren't blind to the realities of pakistan - someone such as yourself who holds views like you do would I'd think be in a hell of a lot of trouble if certain people or groups found out about it. Again good luck :D hope it all turns out for ya.

Isaac Schrödinger

David Goldberg: "Again good luck :D hope it all turns out for ya."

Thanks.

Eric

Isaac, this Reuter's news story was just published, dealing with the overall growing religious intolerance toward non-Muslims in Pakistan.

It may not have the specificity you're seeking, but I thought I'd share it just in case it's helpful, particularly since the study cited in the article was done by an independent human rights organization in Pakistan.

Best wishes for your hearing.

Isaac Schrödinger

Thank you, Eric.

Michael van der Galien

Isaac, much luck with it man. The rules in the netherlands have become extremely strict, but I hope that it's different in Canada.

I'll keep close track of developments in Pakistan and I'll send articles to you if they might be of importance to you.

Debbie

Good luck and you are in or prayers.

C Stanley

Isaac,
Unfortunately I don't know of any stories or links to help but will be keeping an eye out, and meanwhile I can only offer my support and prayers.

Mitch

You can find plenty of related material at a Canadian website, The Voice of the Martyrs (Canada). It concerns mostly Christians and converts in Muslim countries. If you search the site, there is a large archive of stories on Pakistan. Good luck.

Avenging Apostate

Hey Isaac,

I hope you best of the luck with your hearing. I will try finding some links that might help you. In the meantime, I don't know if it helps in anyway, but you can use what the Mullahs in Pakistan said about the Afghan convert, Abdul Rahman, that might reflect on the culture there.

As for the situation in Pakistan. Since I am from Pakistan too, I can affirm that what you said actually happens in Pakistan. Hang in there!!

I will drop you an e-mail if I find anything connected to your case.

x

do you know anyone in pakistan or are there people in pakistan who may be sympathetic to your cause?

i hate to suggest anything that is unethical, but as this is a matter of such great importance for you personally:
go to a public computer, creat a new email account and email your contact in pakistan. tell them to make up an email account and use it to threaten you (at your regular email account, say the one you use for this blog) for what is obviously political/religous reasons.

you would then have a record that can be traced to pakistan (via IP address) that shows there is a real threat to you if you return.

x

oh yeah, and have it be from some real organization just in case that helps. maybe something that is well known and banned? like jaish e muhammed, hirkut al mujahadeen or LeT?
and delete these posts just in case.

Isaac Schrödinger

X: I will not be dishonest.

x

that is excellent. it was posted for informational purposes only. good luck.

x

and who knows, maybe some sympathetic person will read it and think it's a decent idea, without you having to do anything dishonest.

Avenging Apostate

X: I will not be dishonest.

You don't have to be. I don't think X's ideas will get you anywhere. As far as I know, only a "well based fear" can get you the refugee status so you don't actually have to have a bullet go through your thigh to get in.

Best of luck.

Joshua

Given the widespread and passionate support for the likes of Osama bin Laden and the Taliban in Pakistan, one would think that that would be more than sufficient in itself to warrant refugee status. Persecution is persecution, regardless of whether it flows from, or even through, a nation-state government, especially at a time like this when the Westphalian order itself is on thin ice. I hope the Canadian authorities recognize this.

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