After deadly terrorist attack targeting Christian church in Peshawar (Pakistan), fr. Pascal Paulus OP, President of the Major Superior Commission of Pakistan calls the Authorities to take action and all part of the population to unity against sectarian violence.
The Delegation of the Dominican Order submitted a written statement to the 22nd session of the UN Human Rights Council on the Human Rights situation in Pakistan. Children rights, Women's Rights and Education are key issues for the future of the country.
Lahore (Agenzia Fides) - "The news, continually increasing, regarding violence against Christian children are really annoying, disturbing. For Christians, it seems that living in Pakistan is more and more difficult. There are many Christian girls kidnapped, raped and converted to Islam by force and even killed as in the case of Amariah Masih, the 'Maria Goretti of Pakistan'. There are children kidnapped and killed for shady dealings, as the recent case of Sunil Masih or Shazia Bashir. Now the children are also accused of blasphemy, as Rimsha Masih. If children are attacked, it means that a limit of intolerable abuse and inhumanity have been reached": This is what the Dominican Fr. James Channan, OP, Director of "Peace Center" in Lahore, strongly committed to interreligious dialogue says to Fides.
Every four years, the Human RIghts Council of the United Nations is reviewing the implementation of Human Rights obligation by each of the UN Member States. Together with other faith based organizations, the Delegation of the Dominican Order is making a contribution to the second review of Pakistan.
PAKISTAN - Bishops' Conference President condemn the recent incidents and violence against Christians and ask the Authorities for action, not words... Dominicans support this declaration and calls for international intervention.