In November, the UPR Working Group will meet to review Germany. A few months before this important date for Germany, the President of CAP LC was invited to a side-event on human rights in Germany during the 54th session of the Human Rights Council.
The President of CAP Liberté de Conscience took advantage of this invitation to raise the situation of asylum seekers from the Ahmadiyya community who are fleeing persecution in Pakistan.
Unfortunately, despite appeals from the international community, Germany does not recognise the major risk to these refugees if they are sent back to Pakistan.
CAP Liberté de Conscience and IHRC (International Human Rights Committee) have submitted a report for the next UPR session on Germany, which has just published a summary of the recommendations made by civil society. The CAP LC / IHRC recommendations appear in the summary under point 87(JS2).
At this conference the President gave the following speech:
Thousands of Ahmadi Muslims in Germany who have fled severe religious persecution in Pakistan are awaiting a decision on their asylum applications. They belong to a religiously and politically persecuted minority – the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. It is recognized around the world by human rights groups that Ahmadi Muslims are constantly, ruthlessly persecuted.
Under Pakistan’s draconian blasphemy laws their universal and fundamental human rights have been negate. The freedom of religion and all other freedoms have been usurped by the Government of Pakistan.
Under the 1974 amendment to the Constitution and the 1984 Ordinance XX, Ahmadis in Pakistan cannot profess, express, or practice their faith. They are discriminated in all aspects of life. They cannot vote. Their children are denied the right to education. The traders are boycotted, and businessmen are refused export, import licenses.
With the support and protection of the State, the extremists, fanatics, and the venomously prejudiced clergy, together with their vandal accomplices openly incite public to kill Ahmadis and destroy their properties and places of worship. Hundreds have been murdered under fabricated blasphemy laws. Hundreds of Ahmadiyya graves have been desecrated and coffins excavated and thrown out of the cemetery.
Under such circumstances, Ahmadis take life threatening risks to flee Pakistan and seek asylum in other countries where they hope to find peace and an environment in which they can live a normal life.
So far in 2023 alone, seven Ahmadi masques have been destroyed in the country and a Norwegian doctor murdered.
Despite these circumstances, Ahmadi Muslims continue to be regularly deported from Germany to Pakistan. Many NGOs have also criticised these deportations and called for a reassessment of the situation in Pakistan.
Article 1 of the Basic Law in Germany states that human dignity is inviolable. Article 16a of the Basic Law guarantees politically persecuted persans a basic individual right to asylum in Germany. The EU’s obligation to help those in need of protection is enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights and the Treaty on the
Functioning of the European Union.
The Geneva Refugee Convention is the most important international document for refugee protection. The Convention clearly defines who is a refugee, what legal protection, assistance and social rights she or he should receive from the signatory states. But it also defines the obligations a refugee must fulfil towards the host country and excludes certain groups • such as war criminals – from refugee status.
Germany is also a signatory to this convention. Millions of people who fled war and violence have sought protection in Germany. Germany is a country of immigration and urgently needs skilled workers.
Currently one Ahmadi is in Custody and will be deported back to Pakistan from Germany anytime. Furthermore, hundreds of cases have been rejected by Bamf and family with small children, elderly people are on high risk of deportation to a country where Ahmadis are liable to death because of their belief. German Authorities still do not accept State supported persecution of Ahmadis.
During those last months we have alerting the German authorities on several cases as In April 2023 Sikander Zulkarnaen bhakti who arrived in Germany in 2001 to seek asylum has now been captured by the German authorities with the intent to deport him back to Pakistan.
Mr. Mubarak Ahmad came to Germany in March 2015 and his asylum case was rejected. German authorities are planning to deport Mr. Mubarak Ahmad, who belongs to the Ahmadiyya faith, in breach of national and international laws and conventions
Mr. Muhammad Zaheer Basheer (resident of Germany). He was arrested on 22nd April/ He is in an immediate risk to be deported.
The Asylum case of Mr. Zaheer got rejected. His lawyer is Mr. Weise from city Weil der Stadt. According to the information we received so far, that on 2nd May a hearing in local court for his 2nd appeal is scheduled.
Mr. Ali Ahmad Mubashar (resident of Germany). He had been arrested by authorities on the evening of 07 March 2022.
We are sorry to report that Germany do not appreciate and understand the calamitous situation of Ahmadis in Pakistan and not only reject their asylum cases but deport them back to Pakistan which is very much like pushing someone into the pit of fire.