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  • Pakistan: Christian girl forcibly converted

    The Christian parents of a ten-year-old girl in Pakistan who was abducted and forcibly converted to Islam fear she could be sold to sex traffickers.

    Laiba Suhail was abducted from her home in Chak 233-RB Ikhlaq Town, Faisalabad District, Punjab Province at the behest of a Muslim, Shaukat Shah. But the authorities have refused to prosecute, said her father, Suhail Masih.

  • Nicaragua: prisoners mistreated for praying

    Female prisoners have been subjected to inhumane treatment after praying out loud in the Women’s Holistic Penitentiary System, in Tipitapa, Nicaragua.

    The women are now denied time outdoors, as punishment. Previously they were allowed out once a week. Some have also been beaten during interrogations, leaving bruising on their arms and legs. They are not allowed to have a Bible, in violation of the Nelson Mandela Rules (the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners).