The Legal Persecution of Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan

Monday, July 24, 2023 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. EDT

Presented by the Middle East Committee

and co-sponsored by the

International Human Rights and International Criminal Law Committees

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A free webinar open to all interested communities.

The program will explore the legal issues surrounding the ongoing persecution of Ahmadi Muslins and discuss options for response.

In 1974, a Pakistan constitutional amendment declared Ahmadis non-Muslims, denying them the right to self-identify as Muslims and effectively excluding them from exercising other basic citizenship rights. In addition to these provisions, Pakistan maintains several laws, including criminal blasphemy and anti-Ahmadiyya laws, that further restrict freedom of religion or belief and are often used to target religious minorities. On March 7, 2023, the District Bar Association of Gujranwala announced a new requirement that any individual seeking admittance to the Bar of Pakistan in Gujranwala must positively assert that they are Muslim and denounce the teachings of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and specifically its founder, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. A similar notice was issued by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bar Council on May 3, 2023.

Pakistan ratified the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) in 1966 and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) in 2010, the latter with limited reservations.


Mahmood Ahmad, President, Ahmadiyya Muslim Lawyers Association USA

Harrison Akins, PhD, Foreign Affairs Officer (Afghanistan, India, Pakistan Lead), Office of International Religious Freedom, U.S. State Department

Amjad Mahmood KhanAdjunct Professor, UCLA Law School, National Secretary of Public Affairs, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA

Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, President, Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice

Usman Karim ud-Din, Advocate, Supreme Court of Pakistan

One thought on “The Legal Persecution of Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan

  1. The persecution of Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan.dream closed eyes.Friend, you see America’s loyalists, they have nothing to do with humanity. Same is the case with the European Union .United Nations should impose sanctions on Pakistan.Both India and Pakistan are doing wonders for human rights.

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