Save 180 is a peaceful protest Thursday 30 May 2013 in solidarity with worldwide concern at the rising persecution of Pakistan's minorities. The Australian Association of Pakistani Christians Inc supported by Australian Christians invite a show of solidarity from all who care to see a stop to this persecution and support Australia as a place of refuge for these traumatized minorities.
Around the world people are saying 'enough is enough'.From the steps of the Scottish Parliament last month Executive of the Global Minorities Alliance, Sheraz Khan, condemned Pakistan's controversial blasphemy laws and the violence that resulted in the torching of about 180 Christian homes in Joseph Colony, Lahore, Pakistan. He has promised to continue demonstrations outside Northern Ireland Assembly, the Welsh Assembly, the Houses of Parliament in London and outside the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland until he receives a written response from the Pakistani government.
The continued failure of the Pakistan government to protect its religious minorities has mobilized the Australian Association of Pakistani Christians Inc to stand in solidarity with all human rights advocates and say 'enough is enough'. They are calling upon the Australian Government to Save 180 - the 180 families who are victims of the violent rampage in Joseph Colony, Lahore and who live in constant fear of Pakistan's Blasphemy law which is too often used as a weapon against its minorities. Australian Christians is proud to be able to make a stand with the Australian Association of Pakistani Christians Inc to support their case for refuge in Australia.
Victorian Senate candidate Vickie Janson says it is time that the 57 state Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) supported the cause of minorities in OIC nations who are suffering extreme discrimination and persecution. 'Religious minorities in Pakistan and other OIC states live in constant fear of violence, abduction, rape and forced marriage'.
Janson says it is incumbent upon the government of Australia to heed the assessment of the International Civil Liberties Alliance (ICLA) following their participation in a conference hosted by Baroness Berridge in the House of Lords 12 March 2013. This conference heard from the Pakistan Minorities Rights Organisation (PMRO) UK. It was posited that Pakistan's blasphemy laws do not just affect the alleged blasphemer.
Often whole families or entire communities have to flee when one of their number is accused. ICLA says that 'collaboration with the OIC exacerbates the suffering of religious minorities in Pakistan'.
According to Janson, Australia's special envoy to the OIC has a responsibility to be a voice for these persecuted minorities in Pakistan and other OIC nations.
Save 180 is a peaceful protest and concern will be demonstrated on the steps of Victoria's Parliament House Thursday 30 May 2013, 12:00 - 2:30 pm. The Australian Association of Pakistani Christians Inc supported by Australian Christians invites a show of solidarity from all who care to see a stop to this persecution and support Australia as a place of refuge for these traumatized minorities.
For information regarding this protest contact:
Dr Babar Peters, President, Australian Association of Pakistani Christians Inc
0425 724 626
Australian Christians is the new federal political party with the goal of representing the values and concerns of the 2.7 million Christian Australians who attend church once a month or more, and others who identify with those concerns.
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