In Pakistan, a mere accusation of blasphemy can be a death sentence. Even if the accused is eventually acquitted, they may still face persecution and violence. This is because the blasphemy laws are often used as a tool to settle personal scores or to target religious minorities.
The reaction from the Foreign Office of Pakistan on May 25th to the US State Department Report on International Religious Freedom has proven to be interesting.
It’s no secret that one of the major flashpoints between Washington and Beijing is the current status of Taiwan and the potential conflict that may break out. Many thousands of km away from the contested island, the conflict in Ukraine is impacting strategies that involve the defence of the island.
When the Taliban took power in Kabul in August 2021, many countries in the world expressed grave concern for the citizens of Afghanistan whose fate was sealed under the rule of a terrorist organization. About sixty countries published a joint statement expressing responsibility for human life, and their property, and restoring the Afghan people's sense of security. After about two decades of the Taliban fighting as an opposition to the Afghan government, which enjoyed the support of NATO and the United States, the organization returned to control the poor country and the war-torn country in South Central Asia.
The US economy is reported to have contracted for a second straight quarter; GDP growth declined by 0.9 percent on an annualized basis during April-June 2022, after a 1.6 percent contraction (or negative growth) reported during January-March 2022.
Recently, an IRF (International Religious Freedom) Summit took place in Washington, D.C. from June 28th to 30th - with several hotspots as key topics of discussion. One of the countries generating particular concern is Pakistan. The country has been previously designated as a CPC (Country of Particular Concern)…
The surge in communal violence has sparked concern among many in India who fear the country is becoming more polarised than ever along communal lines. For many, the blame should be directed toward the ruling right-wing party Bharatiya Janata Party, led by the prime minister, Narendra Modi.
An event celebrating the International Yoga Day that was being held in a football stadium in Maldives capital turned violent and chaotic after a charged Islamist mob entered the stadium and attacked the participants, which also included many Indians, on Tuesday.
Islamists in Pakistan have expressed outrage over a recent tweet by the United States embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, which expressed support for LGBTQI+ rights. The U.S. embassy in Pakistan made the tweet on May 17th, which is celebrated in the progressive world as the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and…
In April 2022 Midstone Centre launched the project Stories From Afghanistan, where we seek to amplify voices from Afghanistan that have been directly or indirectly affected by the violence perpetrated by the Taliban and other violent groups. Many people affected by this violence are unable to come forward with their stories due to security threats to themselves or their loved ones still living in Afghanistan. Therefore, Midstone Centre will amplify these voices while protecting their identity and other personal information. Submissions can be mailed at [email protected]