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Stand Up for Maherwar Rally

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Alberta Legislature Building

10800 97 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB

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Edmonton, AB T5K 2B6

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We will gather at the Alberta Legislature steps to break the silence about the sexual harassment Maherwar has suffered, the abuses against Pakistani Christians in Bangkok and the persecution that caused them to flee their homeland.

Maherwar Ishaq is an Asylum Seeker from Pakistan who fled to Thailand for safety because a child in her family was accused of blasphemy. When one person in the family is accused the whole family suffers.

Concerned Canadians want asylum granted for her here in Canada. She was targeted for harrassment because of her gender by a passport official at the Pakistani Embassy in Thailand. The Pakistani Embassy refuses to allow the UNHCR to provide a neutral location for a proper investigation of the incident. A sexual assault of a Pakistani-Canadian women was also alleged at the Pakistani Consulate in Toronto a few years ago but that lady was too afraid for family in Pakistan to press charges. Maherwar is standng up to this treatment from very vulnerable state and we should stand with her.

Thai Immigraton authorities subject Christians fleeing the blasphemy law to arbitrary arrest and imprisonment and target Pakistanis seeking asylum because they view them as a potential "terrorist" threat. They do this even when people have UN Person of Concern Status. Three people have died in this detention facility this year and children are also being put in jail with adults contrary to international law.

We invite people of all faiths and political stripes to come Stand Up for Maherwar and other Pakistani Christian Asylum Seekers in Thailand. Speakers will include Canadian MP Garnett Genuis and Wilson Chowdhry of the British Pakistani Christian Association.

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Alberta Legislature Building

10800 97 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB

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Edmonton, AB T5K 2B6

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