Saturday, April 18, 2015

PAKISTAN: 13 YEAR-OLD BOY DIES AFTER BEING SET ON FIRE

a Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) press release

Noman Maish, the 13 year-old boy who was set alight by two men in Lahore, Pakistan, on 10 April after identifying himself as a Christian, has died of his injuries.

Noman Masih was in a market in Gulshan Ravi, Lahore on 10 April, when he got into a conversation with two men on a motorbike. They assaulted him and threw petrol and set him on fire when they found out that he was Christian. He sustained burns to 55 percent of his body and died on 15 April.

Mervyn Thomas, Chief Executive of Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), said, 'We extend our heartfelt condolences to Noman Masih’s family and reiterate our call for the perpetrators of this deplorable attack to be apprehended. A culture of impunity must end if religious minorities are to be guaranteed their rights as citizens in Pakistan.'

For further information or to arrange interviews please contact Kiri Kankhwende, Press Officer at Christian Solidarity Worldwide on +44 (0)20 8329 0045 / +44 (0) 78 2332 9663, email kiri@csw.org.uk or visit www.csw.org.uk.

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is a Christian organisation working for religious freedom through advocacy and human rights, in the pursuit

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