Saturday, July 14, 2018

Russia: 53 Jehovah's Witnesses facing criminal prosecution

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The most recent arrests include Anastasiya Polyakova in Omsk, the first woman known to have been placed in pre-trial detention, although several others had already been charged or named as suspects and put under travel restrictions.

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By Victoria Arnold | July 14, 2018

Full list of 53 Jehovah's Witnesses charged or named as suspects or currently on trial for "extremism"-related offences as of 11 July 2018. Of these, 22 are in detention, 3 under house arrest and 27 under travel restrictions. Only one is not under restrictions as the criminal investigation proceeds.

More than 50 Jehovah's Witnesses are now facing criminal prosecution for exercising their right to freedom of religion and belief. Law enforcement agencies carried out yet more armed raids, searches, and arrests in a further five Russian regions in June and early July, bringing to 22 the number of people now in detention. Another three are under house arrest, and 27 are under travel restrictions.

A full list of Jehovah's Witnesses currently (12 July 2018) known to be facing criminal prosecution – in detention, under house arrest, under travel restrictions, and in one case under no known restrictions - is given below.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Sri Lanka: Holy Qur’an Sinhala Translation gift to Minister of Law and Order

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Jama’at delegation also visited the Ministry of Industries and Commerce in Colombo and met newly appointed Deputy Minister of Industries and Commerce Hon. Buddhika Pathirana.

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By Press Release | July 14, 2018

A three member delegation from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Sri Lanka (AMJSL) comprising Mr. A. Abdul Aziz, Press Secretary and National Director Faith Outreach – AMJSL, Moulavi A.B. Musthaq Ahmad – Chief Missionary (AMJSL), and Mr. I. Shakeel Ahmad (Photographer) visited to Ministry of public Administration & Management and Law & Order in Colombo recently.

Ministry Officials welcomed the delegation and arranged to meet Hon. Ranjith Madduma Bandara, Minister of public Administration & Management and Law & Order.

Honorable Minister was very much delighted and respectfully accepted the Holy Qur’an Sinhala Translation and the Sinhala Translation of the book: World Crisis and the Pathway To Peace – A compilation of addresses in various Parliaments by His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, May Allah Strengthen his hands.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Pakistan: PTI leader Imran Khan promotes blasphemy law to win backing of religious right

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Few politicians dare to speak out against Pakistan’s blasphemy laws: the last to prominently do so, Gov. Salmaan Taseer, was assassinated in 2011, and a new political party formed in honour of his killer

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By Memphis Barker | July 9, 2018

Imran Khan [aka Taliban Khan] has been accused of risking bloodshed for electoral gain after the former cricketer-turned-politician offered a full-throated defence of Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws in the run-up to the general election on 25 July.

“We are standing with Article 295c and will defend it,” said the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) at a gathering of Muslim leaders in Islamabad on Saturday, referring to the clause of the constitution that mandates the death penalty for any “imputation, insinuation or innuendo” against the prophet Muhammad.

Khan, 65, also directed anger at the rival party in the electoral race, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), by resurfacing controversy over its hastily withdrawn edits to an electoral oath last year, which Islamists deem blasphemous.

Few politicians dare to speak out against Pakistan’s blasphemy laws: the last to prominently do so, Gov. Salmaan Taseer, was assassinated in 2011, and a new political party formed in honour of his killer, Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP), has thrust its way into the election campaign, fielding almost as many candidates as the established parties.

Increasing hysteria around the blasphemy laws has led to the targeting of minorities, fake allegations and at least 69 vigilante murders since 1990. [more]

India: Ahmadiyya stall promotes peace in Shimla Book Festival, sees large turn up

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Visitors in large number were turning up to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community book stall that has displayed over 200 books endorsing world peace, in English, Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi.

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By ANI | July 9, 2018

"Respect every mandar, gurudewara, masjid, church"

Shimla (Himachal Pradesh): 'Mazhab nahee sikhataa apas mein bayr rakhnaa Hindee hai hum, vatan hai hindostaan hamaraa'. Meaning Religion does not teach us to hate each other, we are Hindustanis and Hindustan is our homeland.

These lyrics from a famous patriotic song "Sare Jahan se achha Hindustan Humhara", echoed loudly across the hill town of Shimla, when a small book stall installed in the historic gaiety theatre during a book festival preached the message of religious unity and brotherhood. This bookstall by the Ahmadiyya Muslim community was not only selling books to the visitors but also peace by making them understand the message that the books carry.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Pakistan: Five Ahmadis shot in two separate incidents five hundred miles apart, injuries, fatality reported

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Reportedly there had been four major incidents of attacks against Ahmadis after Islamabad High Court’s March 8 judgement against Ahmadis.

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By Web Desk Report | July 9, 2018

Five Ahmadi citizens of Pakistan were shot and injured in two separate incidents of hate crime on Saturday.

In Jaranwala, Punjab, an Ahmadi couple was shot and injured by two identified gunmen who broke into the house in Abu Zar Colony.

In his complaint to the police, Ziaudin, 41, a gold jeweler, said that he was home with his wife and son when two assailants broke in while a third man stood guard at the main door. He said his wife suffered a bullet injury in her thigh as the attackers opened fire.

In another incident reported from Karachi’s Korangi Industrial Area late night on Saturday, robbers entered the office of Zafarulah, 25. Zafarullah, with the help of Nasrullah, 20, and Mubeen Ahmad, 20, overpowered one of the robbers, while the other accomplice opened fire. All three men were injured in the attack. They were shifted to a hospital where there condition was stated to be critical.

Congo: Ahmadiyya Muslim Community organizes 21st Annual Convention, Jalsa Salana

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The annual conference for 2018 in Kinshasa was held on the theme "Character of the Prophet Muhammad" and aimed to bring the Ahmadis to please God, following the example of the founder of their religion, Islam.

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By Lucien Dianzenza | July 8, 2018

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Congo (Comaco) held on July 8, in the Don Bosco hall in Masina, 2018 Annual Conference for the city province of Kinshasa, the 21 th Jalsa Salana. For the official representative and chief missionary of Comaco, Amir Jama'at Khalid Mahmood said that the objective pursued in the organization of these conferences remains the improvement of the spiritual state of the Muslims members of this community as well as all the people invited to these meetings.

The founder of the community asked to organize, he explained, such conferences in which topics are discussed about what the character and behavior of the members should be."We think that saying that I am a Muslim is not enough. It is necessary that in his character, in his behavior, one can show the example of being a good Muslim, in accordance with the holy Koran and the recommendations of the prophet Muhammad ", said the Amir Jama'at.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

USA: 85th Street in Holliswood area of Queens, New York to be co-named Ahmadiyya Way

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The community does not disclose its actual membership only providing estimates that have varied up and down drastically from one reporting to the next. 

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By Staff Report | July 6, 2018

20 streets will be co-named in Queens New York, including the 85th Road

The City Council passed legislation last Thursday that would co-name streets across the city for 95 influential residents or groups — with 20 of them being in Queens.

In Jamaica Estates, 85th Road will be co-named Ahmadiyya Way after the religious movement, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, founded in India.

Holliswood Community Board had approved co-naming part of 85th Road as "Ahmadiyya Way" in 2017, to honor the Holliswood Ahmadiyya  Bait Uz-Zafar Mosque.

According to a Queens Chronicle report last year, the section of 85th Road to be co-named runs from 188th Street to the house that abuts the mosque’s parking lot.

USA: HRW Deputy Director Briefs House Foreign Affairs Committee on Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Persecution

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The court documents in cases against Ahmadis are revealing. In one conviction, the court found, “It appears that a group of people belonging to the Ahmadiyya sect have formed in Ain Melilla to disseminate beliefs that are alien to our religion"

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By Web Post | July 6, 2018

Statement of Eric Goldstein, Deputy Director, Human Rights Watch Middle East and North Africa Division

I wish to thank the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for convening this briefing and for inviting Human Rights Watch to participate. My remarks will focus on the repression of the Ahmadis in Algeria, a country where Ahmadis number only about 2,000 by their own account, in a country of 40 million, and are clearly being persecuted because of the peaceful exercise of their faith.

The intolerance shown toward Ahmadis in Algeria comes from on high. The current minister of religious affairs, Mohamed Aissa, has been quoted describing Ahmadis as part of a “deliberate sectarian invasion.” He added that the government brought criminal charges against them to “stop deviation from religious precepts.” Aissa said that Ahmadis are “damaging the very basis of Islam,” and accused Ahmadi leaders of colluding with Israel. In April 2017, Ahmed Ouyahia, the chef de cabinet of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, called on Algerians to “protect the country from the Shia and Ahmadiyya sects.” Government officials have also used similar tropes to attack Protestantism, which has attracted a tiny following among Algerians.

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