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The UK government hosted a human rights conference to urge increased global action on Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) for all on 5th July.  Read More (here). The conference brought together governments, parliamentarians, faith and belief representatives, and civil society. National governments represented at the conference were invited to co-sign 1 or more of a set of written statements. The set includes an overarching statement on the conference itself and thematic statements covering freedom of religion or belief issues. As with any Government conferences of this nature, the event inspired a number of fringe events and one that was…

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After a Christian House Church was heckled and then attacked by members of a Hindu Nationalist Youth Movement on 3rd March 2022, BACA stepped in to help. Though the attack was instigated by the Hindu Youth, police arrested 4 men and 2 women from the church only.  They charged them with running a lottery, forced conversions and causing religious hurt.  This is despite a paucity of evidence. Christianophobic authorities, seem intent on prosecuting the beleaguered Pastor and members of his church, despite strong evidence to the contrary.  Read more (here). https://youtu.be/VA8xOng7JHE After the attack and the actions of the local…

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Aleeza Masih (5 yrs) was only 1.5 years old when she survived the brutal terrorist attack on Quetta Church on 17th December 2017, (click here). The attack on Bethel Memorial Methodist Church during a Nativity service, killed 9 people and would have been worse had it not been for the bravery of volunteer Christian security officers (click here). Aleeza Masih lost her right leg and bowels after a large piece of shrapnel embedded itself in her limb. An initial operation left her in a critical state after hospital workers failed to clean her wound properly and gangrene set in. https://youtu.be/kMSwyYIEyEk …

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A Christian woman was raped by her Muslim employer, who sent for her to go to his private quarters at the end of her work shift. After the ordeal the woman’s family still reeling from news of the sexual assault, were met by an armed gang at their home the following morning demanding they all go back to work. Rimsha Riaz (18 yrs) was employed in a glass crushing company alongside members of her family all of whom were hard-working loyal employees for Haji Ali Akbar, a successful Muslim businessman. Members of the family  turned up for work as usual…

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The home of Pakistan’s most famous orphans has had a facelift and two new ceiling fans installed. BACA has also replaced items of kitchenware that had been stolen while they were visiting distant relatives. Suleman (13 yrs), Sonia (10 yrs) and Poonam (8 yrs) survived the beating and then burning alive of their parents before there very eyes in 2014.  Their father Shahzad Masih and his wife Shama two slaves indentured indentured under a bonded lbaour contract,  were falsely accused of blasphemy in 2014.  Before the couple could be arrested and then challenge for their acquittal in court, they were…

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There are several thousand Pak-Christian asylum seekers in Thailand all of whom are treated as illegal immigrants, even though a large percentage have either UNHCR registration as an official asylum seeker or refugee. This forces them to work cash in hand jobs for a pittance under extremely difficult and unsafe circumstances.  Last year a Pak-Christian father died after a fall from a high ladder and was entitled to no compensation, even worse the business that hired him was not punished.  Babar Ishaq left behind a large family with a severely mentally-impaired child – they are one of our beneficiaries.  Read more (here)…

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When Russia shocked the world by initiating a war with Ukraine (click here). British Asian Christian Association’s trustees agreed to find ways to support both people fleeing the war and those choosing to stay in Ukraine. Our work towards this grows in strength and we gave the finance required to start a food programme for  many Odessan’s choosing to stay in Ukraine.  Already our partners led by Pastor Vasilev have begun to share bags of food and Bibles with desperate people. Photo of one of the Bibles that has been distributed Many people have lost their jobs after more wealthy Ukrainians…

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Badil Masih (10yrs) was sodomised and murdered by his employer Mr Mohammed Ikram and a cohort, in July 2019, for daring to seek full payment for work he had carried out at a scrapyard (click here). British Asian Christian Association stepped in to pay for legal costs, and support the family financially as they challenged for justice.  Despite clear evidence of a crime courts offered pre-arrest bail to the murderers who began to threaten the Christian family and key witnesses (click here). Though Badil’s mother  Shareefa remained stoic throughout the court process.  The witnesses were nobbled by the murderers and their…

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Hannah Chowdhry, a long term community campaigner and volunteer for British Asian Christian Association, has been named a ‘Community Champion’ by the Child of Britain Awards. At the prestigious JW Marriott Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London, children and young people received their awards at a glittering ceremony, hosted by legendary television presenter, Eamonn Holmes OBE. The Child of Britain Awards were hosted for their inaugural year: “To celebrate the inspirational achievements of remarkable young people across Britain. “Honouring extraordinary moments of personal courage, bravery, sporting and creative achievements.” There were 11 award categories, highlighting those that champion causes in their…

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As a group that was working throughout Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum Jubilee celebration period, we wanted to make sure our regular visitors had the same level of celebration as everyone else. Too often homeless communities are forgotten about during public celebrations while some of the homeless community simply have a crises of confidence, due to their social circumstances. This year however, from Thursday 2nd June through to Sunday 5th June BACA held a mini celebration, that included music, jubilee bunting and flags and some jubilee inspired food. Even better, we brought our event out into the streets to…

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