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Surge in targeted killings of Ahmadis in Pakistan requires a global response

The Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan is increasingly under threat after a surge in targeted killings since July 2020.

The Ahmadiyya community has long-been victimised by the discriminatory policies of Pakistan, borne from broad religious intolerance to the sect of Islam across the country. Today, Ahmadi individuals are subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention, and charges on the basis of their beliefs under blasphemy legislation. The widespread and rampant discrimination against the Ahmadiyya community perpetuated by these policies have contributed to a recent surge in targeted killings.

These attacks cannot be allowed to continue. The international community is obligated to subject the Pakistani government to formal scrutiny and inquiry as a result of their failure to comply with their international legal obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Amnesty International has written to Australian Foreign Minister, Marise Payne, to urge her to join and facilitate an international strategy to stop the killings of the Ahmadis, and to directly call on the Pakistani government to act now. See the full list of the recommendations in the letter.