Pakistani church groups honored with international peace award

Chosen as representatives of the human rights community in the country

November 4, 2016
The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace of Pakistan and the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan have been awarded the 2016 Pax Christi International Peace Award.

Pax Christi International said in a statement that both organizations were chosen as representatives of the nonviolent struggle of the human rights community in Pakistan.

"In a country where arbitrary detention, torture, deaths occurring while in custody, forced disappearances, institutional injustices against religious minorities, and extrajudicial execution are frequently reported, Pax Christi International honors the clear and courageous stand taken by practitioners of justice and peace against persistent patterns of violence and human rights violations," read the statement.

The two organizations will be honored at a ceremony in Geneva at the World Council of Churches' Chapel on Nov. 17.

Established in 1988, the award is funded by the Cardinal Bernardus Alfrink Peace Fund and honors contemporary individuals and organizations who make a stand for peace, justice and nonviolence in different parts of the world.

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