The wails of Anjali, a twelve year old Hindu girl abducted and raped in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and all other persecuted people will now be heard in Washington DC on World Human Rights Day on December 10, the organizers of a protest announced Saturday evening. Abduction, rape and forcible conversion of Hindu girls has come into limelight in recent days. In the last week of November, two Hindu girls Mavi and were abducted and “married off” within 24 hours. According to Ravi Dawani, general secretary of the All Pakistan Hindu Panchayat, 99 percent of the abducted Hindu girls are under 13 years of age. According to the organizers of the protest, from a 24 percent minority in 1948 to about 1.6 percent population in 1998, the story of Hindus in Pakistan is among the greatest untold tragedies of the 20th century. More than one-fifth of Pakistan’s population has simply disappeared without a voice. And the persecution continues to this date.Along with the Hindus, Christians, Ahamadiyas, Shias , ethnic Balochs, Sindhis and other minorities are increasingly being targeted for “Islamization.” in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
Christians continue to be killed and targeted by the use of the infamous blasphemy law. Early last month, a Christian couple — Shama Bibi, 24, and Sajjad Maseeh, 27, –, was burned to death by a Muslim mob in Kasur in the Punjab province, while Aasia Bibi, a Christian mother from a peasant background, awaits the hangman’s noose in the same Punjab province. The state of Pakistan is also using Nazi-style brutalities against Baloch freedom activists, committing crimes against humanity in Balochistan, where the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons says as many as 18,000 people are still missing. At least 2,000 Baloch activists were killed and dumped or target killed in recent years. The state has also started what the Amnesty International called the kill and dump policy against political activists in Sindh province. The minuscule but highly educated Ahmadi Muslims, who are said to number nearly one million, also live in a state of fear after being declared none Muslim by slain Pakistan premier Z.A. Bhutto. Saudi money also plays a vital role in Pakistan and Shias are being massacred, even though at least one in five Pakistanis is a Shia, with support of the military-controlled infamous Inter Services Intelligence agency. In fact, the I.S.I. has long been accused not only by Pakistani political and civil society organizations, but also neighboring Afghanistan and India for instigating violence through its proxies.
This December 10 (Wednesday), on the occasion of World Human Rights Day four different human rights organizations, defending the rights of Hindus, Christians and Baloch are bringing together these diverse voices of struggle and despair in a unified expressions of protest at the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington DC
Your support and time is crucial to the successful expression of our solidarity.
When: Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Where: The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
3517 International Ct NW, Washington DC 2008
(About one block away from Van Ness UDC metro station on Red line.
Pakistan Human Rights Collective
World Hindu Council of America
American Friends of Balochistan
Pakistan Christian Congress
For more info contact, 301-957-0008