EVENTS

EOPM works towards stopping the fatal erosion of human rights safeguards in countries like Pakistan where human rights violations like arbitrary detention, forced disappearances, torture, deaths in custody, and extrajudicial execution are widespread throughout the country. The government of Pakistan has failed to protect individuals – particularly religious minorities, women, and children – from violence and other human rights abuses committed in the home, in the community, and while in legal custody. It has failed to ensure legal redress after violations have occurred.

EOPM holds peaceful demonstrations, meetings and discussions to deal with the most pressing issues in the fight for international human rights, to tackle the root cause of the problem of protecting the rights of minorities against bigoted laws of countries like Pakistan, to demand government accountability, and to ensure active participation by the affected minority people to reverse the damage.

Demonstration to portray Human Rights Atrocities against Pakistani Minorities in Pakistan

organised on  4th &5th March 2017

during UN Human Rights Council near United Nations, Geneva





Conference by EOPM in UNHRC, Geneva, September 2016



The Conference was Moderated by Dr. Mario Silva, Executive Chairman, IFFRAS
It had total 4 panelists.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3bo5hU7F1U

PRESS RELEASE

21 September 2010, Geneva, United Nations

Pakistani Minorities Launched a Poster Campaign in front of the United Nations

European Organization of Pakistani Minorities launched a 3 week long demonstration with a poster campaign outside the United Nations in Geneva during the 15th Session of the Human Rights Council which commenced on 13th September. The demonstration continued till the end of the session on 1st October, 2010. During the demonstration EOPM focussed on atrocities against minorities in Pakistan, the plight of Christians, Sikhs, Hindus and other communities like Ahmadyyas and Shia’s.

The last few months have witnessed unprecedented atrocities on minorities in Pakistan, including ruthless attacks on places of worship. EOPM condemns the brutal attacks and calls upon the Government of Pakistan and International Community to stop the violence against innocent people, which is state sponsored in many cases.

Several minority representatives from Pakistan and Europe participated in the demonstration. Rev. Saloman Masih and Rev. Tahir Yaqub from Pakistan who were part of the demonstration called for an end to the atrocities and cruelty on minorities in Pakistan.

Mourners in Pakistan burying 93 victims of co-ordinated attacks by gunmen on two mosques of the minority Ahmadi Islamic sect in Lahore.

EOPM LEAFLETS

Leaflets circulated by EOPM during the 15th Session of the Human Rights Council

EOPM EVENT

Friday, 27 August, 2010

Pakistani Minorities Organized Prayer Demonstration in front of Pakistani Embassy in Belgium

The European Organization of Pakistani Minorities (EOPM) organized a peaceful prayer protest in front of the Pakistani Embassy in Belgium to remember and pray for the innocent people of the minority communities in Pakistan who are denied their basic human rights. The demonstration highlighted several recent incidents targeting the minorities of Pakistan and EOPM demanded immediate action to ensure security of the lives, property and honour of these patriotic Pakistanis belonging to religions other than Islam.

A representative of the EOPM said, “What prompted us to hold this prayer and peaceful protest was the news of an ugly crime, committed by a Muslim Doctor against a poor Christian girl on 14 July, 2010. Dr Jabar threw Miss Magdalene from the fourth floor of Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre, Karachi after raping her. This hospital is named after the Founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, and all doctors working here are Muslims. Some visitors who had come to see a patient saw Magdalene Ashraf, wearing a nurse’s uniform being thrown from the fourth floor’’.

A couple of months earlier, the place of worship of another religious minority of Pakistan, the Ahmadyya community was attacked by Muslim extremists, who killed dozens of innocent victims belonging to the Ahmadyya minority of Pakistan.

In a written appeal to the President of Pakistan, copies of which were also sent to the European Parliament, the European Union and the European Commission, EOPM has urged the Government of Pakistan to usher in changes to save the country. EOPM called on the President of Pakistan to act and expressed hope that the President will emerge as a great leader in history by taking bold steps to change the Constitution of Pakistan by repealing the notorious Blasphemy law. This draconian law is a convenient tool in every misguided Pakistani Muslim’s hand to settle personal scores against minorities, especially their Christian brethren.

EOPM called on the authorities to ensure that the minorities of Pakistan enjoy their fundamental human rights and live in peace and honour in Pakistan.

A petition addressed to the President of Pakistan was handed over to the Embassy of Pakistan, copies of which were also sent to the European Parliament, the European Union and the European Commission seeking Fundamental Rights for the suffering people belonging to minority communities living in Pakistan. Pamphlets highlighting the problems faced by minorities in Pakistan were distributed during the demonstration.

EOPM EVENT

Thursday, 3 June, 2010

Pakistani Minorities on Hunger Strike during the Pakistani Prime Minister’s Visit to Europe

European Organization of Pakistani Minorities organized a peaceful hunger rally today outside the European Parliament in Brussels during the visit of the Pakistani Prime Minister. MEPs, including Mr. Ryszard Czarnecki, met the demonstrators and assured them of their support.

The group of protestors included people from Pakistani groups representing Baluchistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Christians and Sikhs. The demonstrators urged the European Union to intervene immediately in Pakistan to

  1. Urge European Unions Women’s rights groups to help the women in Pakistan and force the Pakistani Government to withdraw the Sharia Law and Protect Women from slavery to the Pakistani Army. It is estimated that over 85% of women in Pakistan face domestic abuse, which includes physical and psychological abuse. Violence against girls and women, including rape, domestic violence and forced marriages continues to be a serious problem, part of which can be attributed to Sharia law.
  2. Ensure that the Pakistani Government provides security to Sikh’s living in conflict zones and not use them as security cover; bring to justice those behind the beheading of Sikhs in Pakistan.
  3. Refrain from sending youth from minority groups to be trained in Madrassas.
  4. Allow International Investigators to visit Gilgit-Baltistan and investigate the recent raping and killing of 5 women by the Pakistani Army.
  5. Urge the Pakistani Government to ensure that basic Civil Liberties and equal oppurtunities are provided in jobs as reports and surveys done by independent agencies reveal that minorities in Pakistan are deprived of basic civil liberties and equal opportunities in jobs, education and political representation, especially in the areas of Baluchistan and Gilgit-Baltistan.
  6. Ask the Pakistani authorities to implement fully the judgment of the Supreme Court of Pakistan whereby they are to ensure registration of all eligible voters in the new electoral rolls, including Ahmadiyya Muslims.
  7. Call upon the Government to guarantee the human rights of minorities laid down in the Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, notably Article 18 thereof, which provides that “everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion”.
  8. Direct the Pakistani Government to implement the proposed reforms of the education system and to regulate and inspect Madrassas; should direct the Pakistani authorities to remove all propaganda promoting hatred, religious superiority and defamation of religion from the textbooks approved by the national curriculum wing of the Ministry of Education; also make efforts to remove material promoting hatred against Western countries from text books.
  9. Direct the Government of Pakistan to facilitate a visit by the UN Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Religion or Belief, to Pakistan, especially to areas where minorities have been killed and assassinated, allegedly with the connivance of some Pakistani Government and Army officials.
  10. Urge the Pakistani Government to give special status to the Christians and give special protection to those areas where Christians are being forcefully converted to Islam.
  11. Direct the Pakistani Authorities to do in-depth and fair investigations into the recent illegal detention of a 14 year old Christian girl and her brother in the secret torture cells run by the Pakistani Air Force officials and take action against those involved.

A Group of MEPs, including Mr. Ryszard Czarnecki, met the demonstrators and assured them of their support in taking up their issues in the European Parliament. The MEPs also mentioned that they do recognize the enormity of the Human Rights problems in Pakistan and the failure of the Pakistani Government in effectively handling issues relating to minorities and women in Pakistan.

The hunger and prayer demonstration was attended by more then 130 Pakistani men and women living in Belgium and other parts of Europe.

EOPM EVENT

Tuesday, 16 March, 2010

More than 100 people demonstrated in front of the United Nations Office in Geneva on Tuesday, March 16, 2010 protesting against Human Rights Violations against minorities, especially women in Pakistan. The demonstrators called on the International Community to take note of repeated incidences of brutal violence against minorities and sought repeal of Blasphemiy Laws in Pakistan, which, is a cause for accelerated violence against women all over the country.

A special prayer was undertaken for ‘The Women of Pakistan’ who are being targetted by extremist elements, abetted by inaction and tacit approval by elements within the Pakistani Government.

The demonstration proved to be an eye-opener to the atrocities commited on minorities and women in Pakistan and drew tremendous response and support from the local public.

EOPM EVENT

Monday, 23 November, 2009

Christians from Pakistan living in Europe organized a demonstration in front of the Office of The President of European Union on 23rd November, 2009 to protest against the violation of fundamental human rights in Pakistan against religious minorities, in particular against the Christians.

More than 25 people from across Belgium were present to register their protest, despite the ugly weather. The protesters stayed firmly in front of the Office of the President of the European Union for 2 hours. During the heavy rain and thunder storm, the protesters remained there holding their placards, from 14.00 hours to 16.00 hours.

The messages displayed were:

  • Mosques are safe in Europe – Churches are not safe in Pakistan
  • Pakistan – Stop killing Christians
  • Droits Égales pour les Chrétien en Pakistan
  • Arrêtez tues les Chrétien en Pakistan
  • Islam + Christian = Peace – Islamic Extremism = Terrorism
  • Pakistan: Stop Human Rights violations against Christians

In Pakistan, killing of Christians, kidnapping, looting and plundering of their houses and rape of Christian girls is the order of the day. Islamic extremists, under the supervision of the law enforcement agencies have the license to kill Christians and other minorities in Pakistan.

A petition was also handed over to the office of the President and it is attached herewith for your perusal. Pictures are also attached herewith.

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