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A mother stranded in Thailand with three children is calling for immediate assistance from the UNHCR and Thai Government who she believes is responsible for her husbands death. Ijaz Patras Masih a detainee with a known heart condition died on 27th May 2017 after he was put through a strenuous exercise routine with other inmate at the brutal Immigration Detention Centre (IDC), in Bangkok. His physical capacity to cope with any form of exertion was massively diminished as IDC staff refused to allow him access to medicine and failed to ensure he received the regular medical assessments, that his condition…

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Some images have been lost in the transfer of our website in 2021 after our previous website provider Adobe Business Catalyst terminated their business. Pakistani Christians took to the streets to mourn the loss of a Christian man killed whilst in police custody in a Lahore prison on 13th August 2017 – one day before the nations independence day celebrations. Christian activists are declaring independence has created a nation with double standards in politics, law and everyday life -one in which Christians are at best second-class Citizens. Indaryas Ghulam (RIP) Indaryas Ghulam RIP (38 yrs) a victim of circumstance was…

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Hundreds of people attended a ‘Party in the Park’ at South Park, Ilford that brought diverse people together during a day of fun, food and fellowship. The event which was held from 12pm – 3pm on Sunday 23rd July 2017,was organised by Ilford High Road Baptist Church based on the Corner of Green Lane and the High Road in Ilford.  Their main aim was to connect with local people and share the relevance of the Christian Gospel in modern times. During the 3 hour event local people were treated to sports such as football, and Swingball with anyone welcome to…

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A statement or a government debate about what is being done to tackle crimes motivated by anti-apostasy was called for by MP Martyn Day in UK Parliament on 20th May 2017. in his question, Mr Day asked: “Many individuals who convert their religion or renounce faith altogether can be ostracized by sections of their community and even from family members, making them more vulnerable to hate crime. Can we therefore have a statement or a debate in government time, regarding what is being done to tackle anti-apostasy.” In what was an extremely positive response Andrea Leadsom, Leader of the House. said:…

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Newly ordained Shahriar Ashrafkorasani and Wilson Chowdhry Last Saturday I was pleasantly surprised to find two Pakistani Christians being ordained within the Church of England at Blackburn Cathedral. My reason for the visit to the north of England was to meet my friend Shahriar Ashrafkorasani a convert from Islam who graduated from  Wycliffe College at Oxford University and was also ordained at Saturday’s ceremony.  He will soon be taking up a curacy in Preston. The ceremony was presided over by the Bishop of Blackburn, Julian Henderson and Rev’d Dr Rosalyn Murphy of St Thomas Church in Blackpool led the sermon.…

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A newspaper advert that clearly allocates Christians and other minorities access to sweeper roles has been condemned by International NGO’s. The discriminatory actions of the Government of Punjab resulted in Jim Shannon, Chairman of the All Parliamentary Party for Religious Minorities writing to the Chief Minister of Punjab condemning this latest action. A copy of MP Jim Shannon’s letter can be viewed (click here) The advert that was printed  in Jaang Newspapers Pakistan in February 2017 lists a number of forthcoming employment vacancies and calls for applicants to respond. The list is a multi-columned and multi-rowed table and though most of…

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Fishel Benkhald met with BPCA officer Ambar Saroya in Lahore Pakistan’s secret apostasy laws discriminate against their last remaining Jew and the UK’s most famous apostate. Much has been said about India’s apostasy laws in recent years especially under the current Modi regime which is progressing with plans to introduce an ‘Anti-conversion law’, which will make it impossible to legally change faith in India. There are proposals being pushed for reconversion rights (like “ghar vapsi”). The leaders of this lobby claim that everyone living in India had ancestors who were once Hindus and had been “forcibly converted.” Their ambition is…

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Children of all diversities have been busily creating Easter hats and banners to brighten up Redbridge Easter Parade which returns to the borough this Easter Monday. Read Guardian story (click here) The workshops were held at Clementswood Community Centre over the half term holidays and continue to run every Saturday till 11th March 2017.  The sessions included short bible passage readings, to ensure participating children understood the true meaning of Easter. The bible accounts helped children to focus designs appropriate to the Christian celebration of the resurrection of Christ, as opposed to more commercial aspects of modern day festivities. Children utilized…

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A 43 year old married man with two children is the latest public victim of apostasy hatred in the UK, in what is becoming a growing phenomena across Britain. (Guardian article) In 2014 Faisal Bashir contacted the BPCA for help and support after he became disturbed by the hatred within Islam and strong messages of division that were being taught in local Ilford mosques.  He chose to stop practicing Islam but suddenly found himself being targeted by men from a local mosque. Faisal was living behind BPCA’s offices at the time and his children attended many of our community centre…

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British Pakistani Christian Association is pleased to announce that Redbridge Easter Parade is to return to our borough for 2017. Event:          Redbridge Easter Parade Date:            Easter Monday 17th April 2017 Venue:        Concert at Ilford Town Hall Steps Time:           12:00 – 19:00 Activities:     Face painting, bouncy castle, Art workshops, Bible study tent, Bible bookstore, healing tent, prayer tent, drama, music, parade, commercial stalls. The event which is now considered the largest attended event in the borough with an attendance around 15,000 visitors…

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